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Friday, May 4, 2012

Synopsis Tips with Jill Kemerer Vlog

It's the first Friday in May, and that means it's time for another webisode of "...with Jill Kemerer." This month, I'm sharing a few of my synopsis tips.

Synopsis Tips with Jill Kemerer: May 2012



Synopsis writing can be pretty stressful. I've written quite a few of them, though, and I've found a system that works well for me. If you're interested in a handy-dandy print-out of my synopsis tips, check out my article, "Writing the Synopsis," always available on the For Writers page of my website.

Do you have any synopsis tips? Anything you can share with us will be greatly appreciated!!

Past webisodes of "... with Jill Kemerer" are all available on my YouTube channel which is linked! You can always catch the previous month's webisode on my Home page too. :)

What makes synopsis writing less horrible for you?

Have a great weekend!!

26 comments:

  1. LOL You crack me up! "You write a bunch of junk and it all comes together!" Bwahahahaha!

    I may have to watch this again! Great job!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! The same can go for my actual books--I write a bunch of junk and it all comes together! Sad, but true!!

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  2. I love your vlogs, Jill! I cracked up at the same part as Jessica: "You write a bunch of junk, and eventually it all comes together in some sort of goodness." ROFL!

    And what guy doesn't like grandmas? LOL! :D

    Have a great weekend,
    Kathy

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    1. Ha! Kathy, don't worry, I would never write a book with a hero who doesn't like grandmas. Can you imagine?? No!!

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  3. Love it, Jill!! You're so, so funny! The only time I enjoy the synopsis is when it's done and it sounds good. That feeling lasts about a total of 10 minutes before I doubt the whole dang thing.

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    1. I feel the exact same way, Heather! We get a solid 10 minutes of happiness, and then...the doubts start up again. Funny!

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  4. Great webisode, Jill. I so stink at writing these things. I am definitely the rambler type.

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    1. Cheryl, they're just the worst. Whether long or short, they're impossible! :)

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  5. Hehe, you're hilarious.

    Writing a synopsis is, to me, one of the most un-fun aspects of writing. But alas, it must be done. Thanks for the tips. :)

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    1. I hate them! I think I'd rather write a how-to manual for a toilet plunger!

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  6. Laughs. Your vlogs are great. A synopsis? Not so much. Writing mine for INTO THE DARK was pure hell. With my current WIP, I knew I needed one up front because the plot is really tricky. So I did the 50 scene outline and wrote the synopsis from that. It's nothing I'd send to an editor, but it's a good start.

    Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Oh, yeah, I'm feeling your level of loathing! I write all my synopses before writing the book. It helps me get my head wrapped around the story, plus I know I won't have to start from scratch when I finish my draft! I'd rather revise a synopsis than write one!

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  7. Some sort of goodness = my goal! Kill roboto & ramblero. :D

    Love you mucho!
    ~ Wendy

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    1. It's pathetic how silly my synopses start out! Please kill roboto and ramblero for me!

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  9. Can't watch the video right now but will definitely do so later. They always crack me up.

    I do know that you have some mad synposis skills, though. ;) You rock!

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    1. You're too kind, Lindsay! I'd much rather help someone with theirs than deal with my own!

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  10. That was great Jill. Synopsis are so painful for me...sort of like creating law school outlines for Torts class. Seriously, it feels like the same kind of exercise.

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    1. Law school outlines for Torts class? That sounds a million times worse! You're my hero!

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  11. It's been a long while since I needed to write a synopsis. It's good to have tips in case I need to write one some day. Thanks for all of the handy info.

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  12. You are hysterical! This article is too true - painfully like a toothache true! Thanks for the pointers.

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  13. Best line ever.....short word for synopsis is death.

    Yep! That pretty much is the most concise summary of a synopsis that I've ever read. Can't wait to party with you on Monday!

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  14. I'm writing one of these horrors now. After accomplishing the impossible - a one-pager, I now have to expand it to four or five pages.

    I turned the computer off and am now in avoidance mode until Monday. Much prayer will happen between now and then.

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  15. I've never written a synopsis. (You don't need them for picture books or beginning chapter books.) I just finished my first draft of my first mg novel. On the last few chapters I started writing a few sentences about the chapter on the top of each page one of each chapter. I'm hoping that will help me with writing a synopsis.

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