Whilst I am waiting for feedback on my novel from friends and family, I have decided to tackle the dreaded synopsis. I call it the dreaded synopsis because, as any writer knows, it is one of the most important things to your novel and one of the hardest things to get right. This is the thing agents and publishers will be judging your novel by. To convince them to read your lovely, polished novel, you first must perfect your synopsis. Worried? Yes, me too!
I have been reading up on synopsis guides and it seems that if your novel follows a lovely, straight and conventional narrative: you have no problems. Mr A meets Mrs B, they fall in love, they nearly don’t get married but then, after realising something that enriches their lives, they do. From my research, it seems that you tell the main story using the voice of your novel. Simple… right?
Wrong! What if, like me, your novel isn’t quite as simple? What if your protagonist has a journey in the novel that is simultaneously running to the metafictional idea that he is being written? Mr A, after years of being abused by his brother, is obsessed with the idea that he is becoming a paedophile. Meanwhile, he is being written in a book by Mrs B who is obsessed with the idea of beating Mr A who is trying to stray from her plot. I know in my mind that these two things cross over: The writing of Mr A into the role of the paedophile by Mrs B becomes a metaphor for how Mr A feels that he can’t escape his past or who he is… Putting this jumble of ideas into a novel is much easier than a two-page synopsis. Especially when the chronological idea of the synopsis is twisted with ‘meanwhile…’
A little taste of what I’m up to, there! Mainly chasing my tail. If anyone is having similar trouble or has any solutions please do leave a comment 🙂 It’s always nice to know that someone out there is battling with the same stuff as you! Hopefully, when I finally find out the answers to these questions, I will post them up for all to see!