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The Perfect Novel Synopsis

The Perfect Novel Synopsis

I’m entering Pitch Wars at the end of this month (next week, yikes), so of course I’m working on my synopsis. Trying to nail that balance of summary and style. How do I convey the emotions of the book while keeping it to one page in length? Which characters are REALLY the most important ones here? Is Comma, when used as the name of a guild of assassins, singular or plural?* *This particular grammar question is, for the record, killing…

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Keeping Promises To Myself

Keeping Promises To Myself

So, I promised myself earlier this week that I would send out at least two queries by the end of the week. It’s now Saturday evening, and I’ve not only kept that promise, but exceeded it — I’ve sent out six. (I’ve also found several more jobs to apply for and started filling in various application forms, so I am adulting hard right now. Are you in awe yet? Because you should be in awe.) This is despite the fact…

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The End Of All Things

The End Of All Things

(Well, the end of my summer, a novel, a poetry collection, and my patience with formatting and synopses, anyway.) I think it’s finally hitting me that I leave for uni at the end of next week, because I’m suddenly realising how many things I haven’t done or finished that I meant to do this summer. My Buffy watching has been appalling intermittent, and with only a week and a half to go I haven’t even finished season three, and as…

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What’s Your Novel About?

What’s Your Novel About?

I was astonished to realise that I had left that off my list of things not to say to writers, but Charley was quick to suggest it in the comments. And it’s such a common one that I felt it deserved an entire post. By the way, if you’re wondering about the frequency of my posts this week, I intend to post every day until Sunday and then resume my intermittent but relatively frequent posts. I have no particular reason…

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389 Incredibly Difficult Words … 111 Still To Go

389 Incredibly Difficult Words … 111 Still To Go

Today, I wrote a grand total of 389 words, and they were incredibly hard to write. Not because I didn’t have enough words, but because I had too many. I am currently trying to write a synopsis of my novel, Watching, for a competition … the deadline being midnight tomorrow. The synopsis must be 500 words long, so I’m faced with the problem of summarising the plot, characterisation, and general themes of an 86,000 word novel in 1/172th of its…

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