I cut and tweaked yesterday’s words until the synopsis fit onto five pages, double spaced. It was more about eliminating lines than words, but I wound up with something sort of cohesive. I think. As the synopsis marathon gets under way, we’ll start critiquing each other’s synopses, and then we’ll see if it makes sense to anyone other than me. I also got a decent start on the shorter synopsis version.
In all the browsing on the internet I’ve done recently regarding how to write a synopsis, it seems that *the wisdom* says to start with the short version and expand it, much the way you might expand an outline into a novel. And perhaps if I were writing the synopsis before I wrote the novel, that would work for me, too. I might try it some time! But for this round, I went through the scene list and tried to condense it back, and now I’m working backwards from there. Backwards, that’s me. It’s one way to find the essence of the story.