Sunday, August 06, 2006

Never to old to learn!

Tomorrow I start an online class. The class is on
improving your skills with writing the synopsis.
Most authors agree, writing the synopsis is one of
the harder parts of writing a piece of fiction.

The non-fiction people have it much easier. They work
with chapter headings, a table of contents and can
outline their work using these. But the fiction
writer - - - HA!

A lot of time, your story changes in the middle of the
"stream" so to speak. Your character does something that
changes the direction of the book. While the novel can be
broken into many parts, it's not necessarily the part the editor
wants to see. On top of the parts problem, you also have the
task of 'telling' about your character when you've spent
the entire novel 'showing' your character. There's also
conflict and plot, and in the case of the romance,the
relationship between the hero and the heroine.

What do you include, exclude?

It is a quandary. Today editors don't want a lengthy
outline. They want three to five pages. Boiling a
400 page book into 3-5 pages is not an easy task. That's
why I'm taking a class in writing the dreaded synopsis.

One of the wonderful things about the internet is the
ability to learn from people who are expert in some aspect
of your trade even though those with the experience and the
know-how live miles from you.

I'm a great fan of the internet. That's one of the reasons
why I write for the e-book market. Another is the disappearance
of the mid-list for authors. But that's for another time.

If you want to learn more about my reasons for writing e-books
please visit my web page.


'Simon's Brides' now available at Wings-press, Inc.
Look for 'Heal My Hurting Heart', another historical
coming in Dec.

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