If you missed part one of this series, scroll down to the previous post to learn the basics needed before you start your synopsis.
Basic Plotting and the One-Page Synopsis:
1. Write the summary of your book in one sentence of fifteen words or less.
2. Get to know your characters. Figure out the main characters' goals, motivations, conflicts. For romance writers, nail down what is keeping your hero and heroine from falling in love.
3. Expand your fifteen word sentence to five sentences:
- a. The Hook (Story set-up)
b. Leaves Ordinary World (Act One)
c. Mid-Point (Act Two)
d. Black Moment (Act Three)
e. Finale (Ending)
4. Expand each of the above sentences into a full paragraph
5. For romance authors: Write one paragraph describing the heroine’s story goal, her motivation to achieve the goal, and the conflict keeping her from getting the goal? Repeat for the hero. Spell out their inner conflicts keeping them from embracing love.
For other authors: Write one paragraph describing the main character’s story goal, the motivation to achieve the goal, and the conflict keeping him or her from getting the goal.
6. Create a file for your new book in your word processor. Create a single-spaced document called one-page synopsis in this file. Copy the paragraphs you wrote in the following order:
- The hook
- Heroine’s GMC (goal, motivation, conflict)
- Hero’s GMC
- Leaves ordinary world
- Black Moment
Many of you might want to stop here. You have the basics of the story. You have an idea for the beginning, middle and end, and you’re ready to write. The one-page synopsis can easily be double-spaced and expanded into a longer synopsis whenever you decide.
For those who want to continue to intermediate plotting, or writing the long synopsis before the book, stop by on Friday for the final installment.