Sunday, October 21, 2012

Add Emotion to Your Synopsis

This month we are discussing synopsis writing. Last week, I mentioned you should add the goal, motivation, and conflict of your characters. Along these lines, I want to add advice given by Agent Evan Marshall in his book, The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, published by Writer's Digest Books.

Mr. Marshall says you need to add motivation and emotion. Some of the worst synopses he's seen are the ones that leave out these key elements. On page 198, he writes, "Tell us that when Brandon tells Carla he's accepted the job in Sydney, Carla sees her happy life collapsing around her, that she is devastated by this news. The next morning over coffee she pours her heart out to Tanya."

No matter how many years I write, I find it helpful to review what the experts have to say.

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