As any author who wants to have their novel published knows, writing the story is just the beginning. Next is query writing, blurbs, loglines and the dreaded synopsis. It’s a challenge to shrink 300-400 pages worth of story down into 2.
It’s taken me a long time to find an approach to the synopsis that didn’t leave me feeling frustrated and the synopsis sounding clunky. But I think I’ve finally figured out an approach that works.
Pitch, Pitch, Pitch
The start of the year is always busy with Pitch events. #IWSGpit and #SFFpit were both in January. There are even more events, on Twitter and off, scheduled for February and March. Here are the ones I know about:
Editing With a Head Cold
Just like many other tasks, editing is possible while you have a head cold. BUT if you are so congested you can’t recall where the ‘h’ goes in ‘that’, it’s probably better to wait until you’re well before you edit.
If you do have to edit, regardless of where the ‘h’ goes, be sure to schedule time to reedit that area when you’re healthy. It’s shocking how congestion clogs up the ol’ brain and there’s a lot that gets missed while editing under the influence of mucus.
Now writing while sick, on the other hand, that can be more… entertaining.