Saturday, August 17, 2013

Getting The Third Generation Synopsis Down

Yes, it has been a while since I've posted. Shame on me.

Moving on.

I am currently working on receiving edits for my synopsis and cover letter from my awesome beta readers. Soon, I will submit these along with the first three chapters of my novel, The Third Generation, to a literary agent.

It's daunting and exciting all at the same time.

The Third Generation is my pantsters novel. There was no outline or even plot when I first began writing it. Every new scene came as a surprise to me, and it was an adventure formulating the story along the way. Of course, I started writing it when I was twelve years old, and it has gone through years of edits and revisions. It is so much more now than it every was from my first draft. Yet, composing the synopsis was not an adventure. It kind of sucked. I did my research, but Glen C. Strathy's advice stood out the most from anything else I found. Without his help, I would not have known where to begin.

He gives seven basic steps of how to sort out the aspects of one's novel and to place them on index cards in certain piles according to the related factors in the plot. Follow the link I placed on his name to read his awesome way of how to write a synopsis.

It takes time, but that is what helps to point out if there are any holes in the story line. Thanks to my beta readers, and the years of editing I gave to this book, I didn't really have to worry about holes. After I wrote out my first draft and edited it myself, I sent it out to my readers for their guidance and wisdom.

Soon, it will be ready to send off. Very soon.


  1. Congratulations! Non-writers don't really know all the work we put into this craft, do they?

  2. No, no they do not... Not even a little bit!

  3. So proud of all your hard work! Your dedication is amazing! I can't wait for it to be sent off! Good job Natalie!!!