Saturday, April 23, 2016

How do I write a synopsis?

 With Way of Spears set to come out in August, I need to establish a synopsis. Today I'll be writing a draft of the synopsis and then getting feedback from potential readers before nailing it down for sure.

As I write I'll be working with a template:

1) Establish setting
2) Identify protagonist
3) Plot trigger
4) Subplot
5) Main conflict
I'll be inserting basic information into each category and then making the language 'pretty'. Here's how I started:

1) Establish setting
Greenehaven: a big forest
2) Identify protagonist
Rima Bishop: member of the guard
3) Plot trigger
Rima receives her first assignment
4) Subplot
Rima and the Captain struggle to get along
5) Main conflict
Rima has to deal with emotional burdens and figure out what to do with her life
After I've established these main points, the next step is to go back in and describe each in more detail. After this work is complete, I end up with this:
Rima Bishop has spent her entire life in Greenehaven, kept sheltered by the ancient trees that protect the realm from outsiders. She trained at The Academy for six years to become a member of the Second Guard, but finds the work to be less than satisfying. After two years of breaking up fights over pork prices and egg quality, Rima receives her first assignment. It will take her away from her home and into the world she has always wondered about.

As a member of the guard, Rima has been trained to obey commands. But as she and her Captain struggle to cooperate, she starts to question the lessons that The Academy instilled in her.

Rima and her comrades will venture into foreign realms and enemy territory, and they’ll have to work together if they ever want to make it home. Along the way Rima will face her past demons and be forced to make decisions regarding the life she has chosen for herself.
This is still a rough draft, and I plan to get feedback on it and do a few rounds of edits. If you want to watch my process video, in which I talk my way through the synopsis, you can see that here.

-Natalia

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