Rather than write an abridged version of each of your chapters, start with a basic framework and build outward. I try to write one sentence for each of these story beats.
PARAGRAPH 1: ACT 1
Who is the hero, what’s their lot in life, what’s their drive, and what makes them sympathetic?
What breaks their routine? What goal does that leave them with?
Who or what is in the way of their goal?
What’s the situation surrounding the events? What’s the setting, and the time period?
PARAGRAPH 2: ACT 2
What’s the hero’s point of no return?
What is the hero’s quest teaching them? How are they starting to change?
How do their alliances shift?
What’s the hero’s lowest moment? Have they learned their lesson? Do they get their goal only to realize they wanted something else all along?
PARAGRAPH 3: ACT 3
What’s at stake when the hero nears the climatic confrontation? How do they use their new knowledge to resolve it?
What’s the resolution? Does it set another story up?
Your story will have more to it than this, but you should focus on this barebones structure if you want to fit it all on one page. It’s possible to be accurate while omitting your favorite part. This is no place to include quotes, editorial commentary, or flowery description.
If you’re posting a synopsis on Amazon, treat it like a trailer. Give the audience enough information to make them curious about how it ends. You can make vague allusions to everything that happens beyond the midpoint. If you’re submitting your story to agents and publishers then you should include spoilers.
or to get the wisdom about videos and how to do them correctly from the insightful Lucy Brazier, author of Secret Diary Of PorterGirl, who has done quite a few good videos, click HERE
Video is king, right? Allegedly? I’m not so sure book trailers aren’t anything more than expensive vanity projects.
I remember seeing an old black and white Alfred Hitchcock trailer for Psycho few years back, and I was genuinely intrigued by Hitch’s presence. He narrated the whole thing. It’s awesome seeing your movie director, or in this case it’d be the author of the book, telling you about certain key scenes or their favorite parts. And maybe I could get a few friends to say some nice words on camera, who knows? But apparently Hitchcock was unique in his delivery, because almost nobody had done a movie trailer this way before – or since.
If I do a book trailer for The Navigators, that’s what I’m gonna do.
At a little past the the 2:00 mark, when he talks about how the body fell and twisted – and can’t finish! I think that hooked me there (and probably a lot of other viewers). That’s awesome, to have thought of that. Kinda reminds me of me.
What do you think? Have you done a book trailer or seen one worthy of emulation? Post the link below!
(Have you noticed how often I mention Lucy’s book and post the link? See what happens when you do a guest blog?)
It’s true! By Monday (that’s 3 days from now), my upcoming novel, Project Liberatio, will be ready for beta readers. And for the first time, I’m expanding the pool of betas to include blog readers (that’s you!).
But what does a beta reader do?
Rather than explain it in my own words, I hopped over to Dan’s blog and stole his explanation, because he did a pretty darned good job.
What’s a beta reader?
Well, it’s kind of a big deal. You get to read the whole book before everybody else and then tell me what you think. Also, you get to be one of the first people to post an honest review on Amazon.
I did a few posts on being a beta, so you can read more if you click HERE to learn more, but basically you’ll…