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I have always had saggy arms, even when I was a kid. There's no muscle there. Nope. Zip. Zero. Well, okay there's a little, enough to type, eat, and everyday kind of stuff, but that's it. I'd lose arm wrestling a five-year-old.
So yesterday I decided I was going to change things. My daughter volunteered to introduce me to the weight machines at the gym.
Holy mackinaw! I've always thought those apparatuses looked like torture devices and this morning I'm sure of it. You know you're in trouble when it hurts to lift a comb. Well, it's not quite that bad, but I'm feeling the workout. I'm glad I have today off from weight training, though I'm a little worried about tomorrow.
But this experience got me to thinking about writing exercises. One of my saggy spots of writing is the dreaded synopsis. I'd rather write the book than write the synopsis. But this exercises is very important. It's a good idea to have a five to seven page synopsis, a one page synopsis, and a blurb about your book. You will use them in many ways.
Five to seven page synopsis . . .
When you're shopping for a publisher, they will want to see what your story is about. They want to see what your characters are like, where the plot is going, and how the story resolves. A five to seven page synopsis will show this to them.
One page synopsis . . .
Most publishers keep a one page synopsis on every novel. It helps the design department create the cover, it helps public relations as they think of ways to promote a novel, and it tells everything in one page.
A blurb . . .
You've seen these. They are on the back of novels and are very important because the blurb tells prospective readers what the story is about. You have only a matter of seconds to sell your novel. The blurb must catch attention and give a promise.
Today for my writing exercises I'm going to work on synopses. I hope my saggy, aching arms will hold up. ;)
How about you? Are you going to tone up your arm muscles, your synopses, or both?