Not only is Gracie O’Neil’s advice at Romance She Wrote spot on for the toiling writer, she somehow makes writing synopses and queries seem, well, easy. I’m baffled by how she does this, but I think it breaks down to one essential thing: writing in baby steps.
Her workshop series is broken down into amazingly manageable parts, therefore blinding the big picture in the short term, and making a writer believe the dreaded business aspects of writing are not so terrifying after all. Her authorial tone is conversational and uber-friendly, and oddly, made me want to whip out my work lickety-split. Describing my book in 50 words or less took me fewer than ten minutes to write and polish. Beats staring at the screen with cow eyes, doesn’t it?
Now, since there’s tons to explore, I suggest you dive into the following:
- Your Novel in Four Paragraphs (Aspects 1-3)
- Your Novel in Fifty Words or Less
- The Single Page Synopsis
- The Two Page Synopsis
- The Four Page Synopsis
Or, if you prefer, Gracie also has the condensed version of How to Write a Synopsis (without turning homicidal). It located on her site, right side bar, under “Special Give-Away.”