List of Dreams
There are certain things in life that frequently appear impossible to achieve, and because of that, they often seem to be regulated to the list of Dreams. Things that you’ve practically given up on seeing come true. These things change as you move through life. For instance, here are some that might have fallen into that category somewhere along the way in your own life:
- I’ll never find a mate
- I’ll never get a promotion
- I’ll never get any sleep
- I’ll never finish writing this book
- I’ll never manage to balance my bank account
- I’ll never find that lost sock
- I’ll never make the deadline
When these seemed impossible dreams, well, all it took was time to cure many of them, though effort was involved in others.
Most of us do find mates…some of us more than one because the first one either didn’t continue to work out as once envisioned or they, sadly, checked out on us due to illness or accident.
To get that promotion it usually takes getting yourself noticed for excellence on the job, thinking outside of the box to solve problems, taking extra classes on the side to become more qualified, and sometimes the promotion is achieved by changing jobs.
If the problem is a lack of sleep, just remember that the baby will grow out of the crying all night (or seeming to) stage, whatever is making you sleepless because you’re fretting over it will be cured either by time or taking steps to “cure” the problem.
Never finish writing the book?
Heck, that’s just because you hit a snag and doing a bit of reading about ways to avoid writing yourself into a plot canyon and spending serious staring into space-time to solve the problem will likely fix it. I confess that I have more finished manuscripts that went through a period of me terming them “the book from hell” than I do ones that moved along at a steady pace. You aren’t alone.
That bank account? Put it aside for another day and look at it with fresh eyes. The problem is merely a transposed number, a deduction that was taken out twice or a deposit that hadn’t made it into your personal tally.
The sock? The missing one will show up if you toss the one you have in the trash. Right? Forget them both and buy a new pair.
And never making a deadline? Full confession here. I either get things in before they are due or end up calling and whining to an editor. The most memorable “whine” was calling to say MR ANGEL wouldn’t be in on time, but a few weeks late because “Kevin won’t get in bed.” Kevin was the hero and it was a romantic comedy. His contract said he needed to get in bed, and while he wanted to, he was finding reasons not to. For some reason the irritating man wanted to wait until after the wedding. But once my editor said, “just give an after the wedding epilogue for a love scene,” Kevin stopped being mulish. I’ve also had to miss a deadline due to illness. It simply means, they give you another deadline to replace the one that’s not happening.
But this blog isn’t about any of this. It’s about a truly impossible sounding dream that editors have. They want you to take a story that is thousands of words long, condense it into around 500 words, have all the major plot points given, the motivation spelled out, AND write it all in the same voice used in the text itself.
That means, if it’s a comedy, the 2-page synopsis (or 5-page one) needs to sound funny, too!
If it’s a dystopian tale, it must sound dystopian in the synopsis, too.
If it is a fast-paced story, the synopsis need to take off at a full gallop and not slow until the horse drops dead. Figuratively, not actually.
Yet, even if the entire story is told by one character, the synopsis needs to be written with no POV at all and in present tense, although most stories are told in past tense.
It’s enough to make you think those sleepless nights with a baby crying were drops in the bucket!
So what can you do to ram some voice into your synopsis?
Well, we’re going to take a swing at doing just that for one week, December 4th through 10th here at Savvy Authors.
Yeah, it’s the time of year that you are considering tearing your hair out, leaving your family to become a hermit, or volunteer to be the untrained astronaut in the spaceship your neighbor has been building in their garage with his sights on making it to a planet that, if he did a bit of research he’d know lacks land, has an ocean of something that isn’t water, and an atmosphere that put a sign up that said “no oxygen need apply”. But you deserve some YOU time and it’s only a week, plus it’s early in the month.
So, register for this workshop. Turn up and do the challenges. I promise to keep them simple and short. Copy and save the lectures (there will be three – Monday, Wednesday, Friday) to peruse when leisure time gets worked into your schedule. Either way works. The only thing that will keep me away is having an empty virtual classroom. Otherwise, I’ll be here no matter what.
Call this an early holiday gift to yourself. It’s like a halo for taking on the challenge of the holiday season.
Come on. Join me. We’ll attempt impossible things, reach for those impossible dreams, and hopefully (fingers crossed) create a synopsis that glows with promise.
A promise an editor snaps on like a prize-winning trout. Or however, they make their decisions.
Beth Daniels truly believes that the worst part of writing for publication is doing a synopsis. She’s pretty sure she sucks lemons at it. Or sucks lemons because it’s so easy to make a weird face when you do so. Might as well make it a lime, and add salt and tequila to the mix. She might like writing synopses if such were the case. That doesn’t me she doesn’t write synopses…spending far more time on two lousy pages than she did on a 3,500-word long chapter. But somewhere along the way she swears herself into a synopsis that behaves itself and sounds like the text of the manuscript. With 29 published novels, 4 manuscripts in search of editors, and a long and still growing list of non-fiction books about writing fiction, she’s pretty sure some things are being done satisfactorily to rank her as an authority…well, nearly an authority.
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SUPERSTAR. A decade-spanning tale of soulmates torn apart by each’s pursuit of a career in the late 20th century.
Paul Montgomery’s dreams are of music, of writing it as well as performing. His journey takes him from covering Beatle songs for high school dances in the mid-1960s to being acclaimed for his diversity in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. Particularly for composing a library of love songs. With sold out concerts around the world, singles and albums that repeatedly go gold then platinum, and innovative music videos on MTV, he seems to lead a charmed life. At least, professionally. Along the way there is tragedy: the loss of a friend to the Viet Nam war, the attempt to save a fellow rocker from her drug addiction, but it is winning and losing the only woman he’s ever loved – twice – that is a never healing wound in his heart.
For Aurora Chambers, it is the world of fashion that beckons. A scholarship for a summer design program in London is a carrot even her love for Paul can’t best. Hurt by his seeming denigrating of her aspirations, she throws herself into the heart of Carnaby Street in 1967, and the arms of her instructor, Trevor Harris, a self-serving man who plans to use her talent as his stepping stone to better things. Unaware of Paul’s continuing love for her, Rory binds her future to Trevor’s. It is a step she soon learns to regret though it does bring her career success beyond her previous dreams. With a clothing line that repeatedly wins accolades on the catwalks, she has only one stumbling block. Her designs all carry Trevor’s name, not her own. Aurora must marshal some of Trevor’s own devious traits to take back what is hers. Secretly, she follows Paul’s rise through the music trades, occasionally mourning the loss of what they’d had. When a second chance at happiness with him appears, she grabs it. And nearly destroys them both.
Because, sometimes love simply isn’t enough.