Three. I've noticed that many informative essays and blog posts group things in 3s. Three ways to lose weight. Three ways to save money. Three ways to fold bath towels.
Strangely enough, when things come in threes, they tend to resonate with me. I can remember three things. I can choose from three things which to implement. Longer lists will drop from my ken, try thought I might to preserve them.
So I thought perhaps I would start a series of blog posts, writing related, that would give three tips on a particular aspect of writing. By no means an exhaustive attempt to cover any particular item of craft, I do hope that it will help me, and help you, to perhaps add tools to your writing toolbox in a way that will be user-friendly and easy to remember.
For this first Monday, since I'm working on writing synopses, I'm going to give three tips that have helped me and will hopefully help you when it comes to writing the DREADED SYNOPSIS.
1. Begin with the main character.
- Who is it?
- What do they want?
- What will keep them from getting it?
2. Figure out the big moments.
- A plot is a sequence of events. Figure out the biggest of these first.
- These events will stem from what the character wants and why they can't have it. Be sure to make clear the consequences to the character and to others if the goal isn't reached.
- Begin to string the big moments together in a logical sequence.
- Tell the story to someone else. Watch their facial expressions, so you can see when your story has an emotional impact, a surprise, or if they're bored. Let them ask you questions to identify where the story needs help.
- Identify the plot holes, areas where things don't make sense, or places where you character is acting out of character.
- Go back to the beginning and re-tell the story aloud with your adjustments to see if it makes sense.
What tips have you learned for writing the DREADED SYNOPSIS?