Okay, I admit it. I have not yet written a synopsis for the book I'm trying to sell right now.
On my list of agents to query, only a third of them ask for a synopsis. Yesterday I stared at that list and thought, "Maybe I should just skip those ones."
But at the last writer's workshop I went to I learned that a synopsis isn't just some irritating assignment. A synopsis is the way I'm going to sell my agent or editor on my next planned project. I've got to learn to write a good one, one that makes my next book sound so awesome they can't say no.
As I walked to campus yesterday on my way to teach a class, I began to compose the dreaded synopsis in my head. I like to do my pre-drafting while my feet are moving, you know? Half-way down the block I got to a place in the story that didn't seem to make sense. While trying to figure out how to make it sound better I realized there was no making it sound better. It just plain didn't make sense.
But there was a way to fix it. An easy, obvious change that would make the whole story so much stronger.
How long have I been working on this book? Two years? And I never saw that before?
Not until I'd cleared everything else away and got down to the bare plot did I see it. And now things are going to be so much better.
Thank you, synopsis!