How to Write a Novel Synopsis

How to Write a Novel Synopsis

There comes a time in every writer’s life where they’re asked to write a synopsis of their book. Not to be confused with sales copy (which is persuasive marketing to get readers to buy your book) the synopsis discloses a book’s entire narrative arc. It divulges to an agent or publisher what happens in your story, from start to finish. And it reveals all the twists and surprises that are held back from your reader. A synopsis needs to convince an agent or publisher that your premise is exciting and marketable. It assures them that character actions and motivations make sense. On the flip side, it can reveal plot flaws, lack of structure or hackneyed or cliched ideas.

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Favorite Reads of 2019.

Favorite Reads of 2019-min

It’s that time of year again! Time to post my favorite reads from last year. 2019 wasn’t the best reading year for me – I fell ten books short of my Goodreads reading challenge of eighty books. But I also read a lot of great books! Here are my five-star reads from 2019!

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Building an Online Presence as a Writer.

Building an Online Presence as a Writer.-min
There are many times in my career as a writer (and yes, I say career even though it’s generated no income for me yet) when I have felt like a fraud. Writers write.  It’s what they do.  Anyone with an open word document or a notebook and pen can claim to be a writer. But writers also publish. They reach an audience. They connect to people through their writing.
And while it’s all well and good to speak to you on my blog, what advice can an aspiring writer possibly hope to offer other writers? I don’t have an agent. I’m not published.  I’m not even self-published. But I’ll let you in on a secret – being published doesn’t make you a good writer.  Just as not being published doesn’t make you a bad writer.

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Self-Care for Survival.

Self Care for Survival-min

In modern times, the term self-care has become ubiquitous with treating oneself. And while we can all agree that the occasional pampering is healthy and beneficial, for some it’s not merely an indulgence, but a daily struggle. For those with a chronic illness or disability, self-care can be the difference between life and death.

For someone who can barely get out of bed, the idea of doing a face-mask or taking a bubble bath seems inconceivable, exhausting and frankly, absurd. How can you run a marathon when you can’t walk a mile? When you’re in survival mode, self-care needs to be about taking tiny steps, not giant bounds.

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Setting Intentions for an Abundant New Year.

Setting Intentions for an Abundant New YearLast year, I waxed poetic about whether New Year’s resolutions were doomed to fail.

This year, I want to suggest we throw out resolutions entirely.  Resolutions are so 2019; 2020 is all about Setting Your Intentions.

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What To Do When You Get Stuck

What To Do When You Get Stuck.

It’s almost a cliche at this point.  The writer staring a blinking cursor in a blank Word document or at an untouched sheet of paper, unable to go on.  And while many claim to have writer’s block, it’s sort of like claiming you’re haunted by the ghost of an 18th-century apple scrumper.  There’s nothing to prove you aren’t possessed by a barefoot French urchin boy in a neighboring fruit orchard, but nothing to prove you are either.  In other words – it’s all in your head.

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Comics for People Who Don’t Like Comics

comics for people who don't love comics

It’s almost impossible to walk into a movie theatre nowadays and not see a Super Hero movie emblazoned on the marquee.  The market is completely oversaturated with the latest Marvel and DC movies and doesn’t show any sign of stopping.  There were a select few that appealed to me – Wonderwoman and Black Panther, for instance.  But for the most part, it was hard to see myself reflected in the superhero universe.

The Superhero formula seems to be teams of 4 to 5 cis, white men and a single female (who invariably has a sexy, impractical costume unlike her male counterparts).  But there’s still hope for you if these comics (and their movie counterparts) don’t appeal.

Here are some of my favorite – female-led, diverse, LGBTQIA, and body-positive – comics and graphic novels.

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