Ready for just such an emergency

Be prepared, and all that...*
Be prepared, and all that…*

After sending out the first batch of query letters, I was reminded of something I need to have ready to go in case someone asks for it.

A synopsis.

Just the thought of having to write one fills me with dread. It always has.  But it’s a necessity and has to be done.  (You’d think a writer would have no problem writing something. You’d be wrong.)

I scoured the internet, desperately seeking for one to use as an example. Success was somewhat limited, but there were a handful, each accompanied with suggestions of what to include and what not to.

The general consensus seems to be a short paragraph for each act.  Each one has to be informative in terms of the story and describe what happens, but without going into too much detail.  Like with the logline, you want to make the reader want to read more.

Keeping all this in mind, and after much editing and rewriting, I ended up with a draft that fills up about 2/3 of a page.  Too short?  Just right?  Hard to say, but I like the way it reads.  Simple. Descriptive. Effective.

Add another item to the ‘done’ column of my metaphoric checklist.

I should probably also start working on a treatment, which is a completely different, but still necessary, thing.

But in the meantime, when I’m not sending out more queries, rather than incessantly checking my email and hitting ‘refresh’, it’s a better use of my time to stay focused, keep being productive and work on the western outline.

-Podcasting equipment has arrived. Still learning how to use it. More details to come.


*was there ever any doubt that yours truly was an Eagle Scout?

2 thoughts on “Ready for just such an emergency

  1. Ah, the synopsis, and the one page, and the logline. I hate working on them all and would rather write the script—but usually these follow the script’s completion when it feels like we are deconstructing the script into its simplest storytelling elements. But it’s a necessary part of the process when an agent or manger or producer or exec only wants to read the “one sheet” or logline. Wishing you great things with your latest project!

    • Thanks! I think the hardest part is being unsure whether the synopsis the way I wrote it is what they want/are expecting. It was tough to really whittle it down to the most basic story elements, but I think it works. Only one way to find out, I guess. Fingers firmly crossed.

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