Progressing as a Writer…Writing a synopsis

Working on elements of the first book, now at the publishers, like the book decription, the acknowledgment page, glossary, dedication, etc., I stopped. This was not as easy as doing it for my non-fiction book. That was geared for readers seeking that information. This is a whole different ball of wax. Feeling like I needed to reseach more than I have so far, I found the following information on JaneFriedman.com when writing a synopis for a book.

General principles

  • Tell what happens in an energetic, compelling way
  • Use active voice, not passive
  • Use third person, present tense
  • Clarity, clarity, clarity
  • Less is more—a good thing for you!

4 things you must accomplish, no exceptions

  1. Give a clear idea of your book’s core conflict
  2. Show what characters we’ll care about, including the ones we’ll hate
  3. Demonstrate what’s at stake for the main character(s)
  4. Show how the conflict is resolved

Whoa! I dug out the description I had already written and began to work on it based on the above suggestions. I’m much happier with the results and will send that on. Also on her site are links to other aspects of writing, that I know I’ll take a look at.

I’m also working on Book 2. I like writing early in the morning-,after a light, but healty breakfast, and I have 50 chapters done. I’m not sure if I will use all of them or if I need to move some of them around.I was stalled with holidays, a class I’m teaching, an accident that injured someone in my family, all of which set me to analyzing life again and wondering why I write. I felt a little overwhelmed reading about a six-month program offered me that covers virtually every aspect of making writing your career and producing a best-seller every time. I’ve already had several careers. Sure who wouldn’t love to have a best-seller? But why do I really write? I have to give that some in depth thinking before I blog about that.

Ready for Publishing

Book 1 of this trilogy, Dimension Norraena is going to the publisher, Dog Ear Publishing, tomorrow. The book was professionally edited, then edited by other professionals twice more. It’s been read by a total of five people other than myself. The last few days I read it all the way through again for about umpty dozen times total. As I mentioned before, it’s really hard to let it go. I keep thinking- did I miss something? Should I read it again?

I am going to go through it again today to check it against the last outline that I made. Even yesterday I moved one part of the story to a different chapter- it seemed out of order and if I thought so, I’m guessing the reader might, too.

Once I send the manuscript, then it’s go to work on the cover, back cover and spine. After that I need to write up the opening pages, disclaimer, dedication, introduction ( maybe) and glossary. I need the glossary because I have some words and phrases used in the other dimension utilizing another language that I thiink most readers would appreciate understanding accurately.

I have in my mind how I would like the cover to look. I am somewhat settled on it, however not 100% The idea for the cover for my first book is nothing like the cover that emerged. The artist I will work with at the publishing company might have better ideas. The illustration above is one I used for early promotion, however I knew it was too dark to effectively depict what the book was about.The cover is so important.

I learned from Mission Marketing Mentors that a buyer looks at the cover of a book for about seven seconds. That’s right: 7 seconds. Then they turn it over to look at the back. If what you write there does not interest them, they put the book back on the shelf or move to something else on their tablets. If they like it, they might acually open the book, look for chapters or an intro or even read the first couple of pages. So your opening lines are crucial, too.

The whole process is exciting. I feel really fortunate to enjoy doing this as much as I do.

New Characters, Norraena and Zalehr

As I wrote the beginning chapters, I juxtaposed the chapters betwen Skye- teling the story from her perspective, to writing in third person about the antagonist, Ryan Eddington. At first I used both his first and last names as I wrote, but a critique group member suggested that doing that would be confusing to the reader and to pick one way or the other. At first I resisted that idea, but ultimately, as I began to introduce more characters, I could see where it would be beneficial to do that. So most of the time, unless in dialog, I called him Eddington.

I introduced the villian’s henchmen. His right hand man is a dishonest  deputy sheriff named Marc Reynolds.  He makes contact with Skye early on. His cousin, Gus Westies, is a dufus cohort, who blunders his way through the events. These men and a few others make up a loose band of criminals all looking to score big on making money illegally. While Eddington leads them, he answers to Dirk Abrams, the owner of the The Great Gatsby Casino in Las Vegas. His own goal is to take Abrams’ place and achieve a higher standing with the cartel overseeing this endeavor with telportation and the slave business.

Once that is revealed and the creative science behind the possibilites of teleporting in 2019 without a vehicle to travel in, I was ready to send Skye to a second place in the other dimension–Norraena. Norraena- mens Nordic. This location was much more utopian and brought with it gorgeous man (called a unit) Number two: Zalehr Gullkron.Skye was about to get acquainted with someone whose influence would have far-reaching effects.

I pictured him like Chris Hemsworth, who became famous playing the motion picture role of Thor. I realize the readers may picture him their way, but this image guided me.

HOLIDAYS & WRITING…or NOT

WOW! Hi all! I found the last thee weeks to be really tough to write through. Having family here, shopping for gifts, wrapping presents, meeting others for dinners, standing in line at the post office to send packages, preparing food, finishing up college classes, preparing a new class for the Winter Inter-session- Holy Moly.

No kidding, I think I was only able to write twice and that was it. Thinking back to last year when I was active in Book 1 of this trilogy, it was likely the same. But enough whining.

I looked at my last blog entry near the end of 2014, so I’ll pick up from there.

Once I started writing about the antagonist, Ryan Eddington, the concept of what the struggle was going to be came into view. I looked through the news and sought out those areas of criminality that bothered me a great deal more than others. Sex-trafficking , human slavery, and kidnapped children repulsed me and became a central focus in what my heroine had to fight against. Skye didn’t fit the profile as a candidate to be captured, so how would that happen? There had to be a story behind a story. That became easy once the reader began to speculate on what was happening with Skye.

The stage was set to begin to weave elements of the plot in and around the main story lines and add new characters into the mix.