I started using this in 2004, and it works for me as part of the revision process. Using this, I actually find I don’t loathe writing synopses, either. Working from the shorter ones up seems to help. So does simply doing more of them.
Step 1 — Write what the book is about in 25 words or less.
Yes, “less” is a joke. Avoid conjunctions, particles, etc., as you can, but it must read like a sentence, not a computer randomization of disconnected words and fragments. This focuses you from now on.
What you describe here would be the most important part of the story, the aspect that made you write it, the reason you’re here. Try writing Read the rest of this entry