If you're not a writer, this may surprise you. If you are an author who has ever tried to craft a synopsis for your novel or novella, you'll know this pain.
Writing a synopsis is almost harder than writing the novel itself.
Last year I was finishing up They All Died Smiling in preparation for getting it ready to pitch to an agent. By the way, 4months later, not a word from the agent. Still waiting But I digress.
I had to prepare a brief letter and a 1 page synopsis. FOr the uninitiated, this is a summary of the store, including the resolution at the end. It's supposed to cover the highlights quickly so a publisher or agent can decide if it's the sort of thing they want to see.
It's HARD. Did I mention that?
I have yet to find an author who enjoys writing them for their own book. I can help someone else write THEIRS with no sweat. Doing mine is a different matter.
I took a haiku class from author and speaker Jan Morrill last fall. Now, I don't write a lot of poetry, but 17 syllables I figured I could handle. She made haiku relevant for non-poets. If you missed my article about how valuable her workshop was, you can read "How Can Haiku Help Your Writing."
One of her BRILLIANT suggestions that would never have occurred to me was to write a haiku summarizing your book. While this would not replace the 1-pager publishers and agents want, it can serve as a great book blurb or elevator pitch that you might even put in the letter accompanying the submission.
I invite YOU to share a haiku of your novel or novella in the comments! The typical haiku form is as follows: 3 lines, 17 syllables total, 5-7-5.
Haiku synopsis of They All Died Smiling.
Is it gift or curse?
A tormented soul must know why
they all died smiling
This book is available for publication.
Haiku synopsis of A Tasty Morsel:
secreted deep in a cave.
Humans are tasty!
Download A Tasty Morsel now & read using your Kindle app or device.
Haiku synopsis of The Assassin and the Prince:
A Feline assassin
must protect a pampered prince,
much to her dismay!
Download The Assassin and the Prince now & read using your Kindle app or device.
Writing Prompt: Craft a haiku synopsis of your book
I'd love to see what you came up with for your book. Please share.
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