Saturday, August 23, 2008

Teach what you hate!

Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word, but I strongly dislike writing synopses.

I like the exercise of getting my story down, but me being me, I usually end up at about 15-20 single spaced pages. Which is, um, a little too long. And then you have to enter The Cutting Zone.

If it were just for me ... a narrative roadmap ... I'd be a happy camper. But this sucker's a marketing tool and needs to rock.

And so I end up spending geegobs of time on it. Time I wish was writing a book!

Alas, that is the way of things.

And today, I'm giving a workshop on writing synopses. The good thing about that: Every time I give this talk, I learn a little bit more about my own process and how to write a kick-ass synopsis.

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