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The Perils of Summarizing an Incomplete Manuscript

Laura Ayo

Here’s my take on how to write a novel synopsis for a work in progress (and an explanation for what I’ve been doing earlier this week.) Enjoy.

Middle-aged author wannabe Laura can’t wait to attend a writing conference to learn more about her craft. After discovering she must bring a synopsis of her work in progress with her, she struggles to summarize her book because  she isn’t really sure yet how her novel will end. Fueled by a deadline for when the summary must be turned in, she digs deep to get to truly know her characters and understand their goals and obstacles to achieving them. Along the way, she discovers a group of fellow writers struggling to write their own summaries for the conference. Together, they bounce ideas off one another, lending advice and encouragement to each other as they work to finish their pieces. Though riddled with interruptions by the demands of her career and family, Laura completes the synopsis before the deadline only to learn it can be no longer than 250 words long. Hers clocks in at 282 words. As she rushes to edit the summary with the deadline looming, she discovers she has mad editing skills. She turns in the summary with 50 minutes to spare and celebrates with her writing friends. Bolstered by a newfound belief that she may just have what it takes to one day become a published author, Laura decides to share in a blog post her insights about what she learned about synopsis writing in the hopes of inspiring other aspiring authors.

Make Your Deadlines

Megan Norris Jones

My writing background is in journalism, and every good journalist learns how to write under deadline. You have a story due. You report it. You write it. You turn it in. You repeat. Because your editor is counting on you. And because it really is going to be published with your name on it, so it had better be good.

But even though I know how to write on deadline, I have difficulty moving my fiction forward at the same efficient pace of my nonfiction because (1) there is no editor waiting on it, and (2) I have no assurance it will ever be published anyway.

So how can I simulate the efficiency-producing deadlines of journalism in my fiction writing? Through a combination of written deadlines and external accountability. Continue reading

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 6-25-18

With summer in full swing, seek out new ways to motivate yourself to keep up the good habits you set during the Write by Midnight challenge. Consider submitting some of your work to an upcoming writing contest or signing up for a critique at a conference. Having a firm entry deadline will encourage you to get words on the page.

 

 

Deadline Inspiration

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Last year, when an art director reviewed my portfolio, she suggested that I make a dummy based on a painting of mine called The Math Dragon. (For the purposes of this post, a dummy is an illustrated mock-up of a picture book or graphic novel.)

That sounded like a great idea. My math paintings and prints have always been my biggest sellers and I wondered why I’d never Continue reading

Under Pressure

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

For two frustrating weeks, I’ve tried to sit down and work on my novel, but rather than write, I watch the cursor blink. You’d say I’ve got writer’s block, and I wouldn’t argue with you. I am crippled by it at the moment.

So, I am taking a break from my novel to write about writer’s block, hoping it may pull me out of my creative vacation. I’ve heard a rumor that focusing on a different project can remedy WB; it’s worth giving a try. Continue reading