So, you all know or will find out – writing a synopsis sucks. Imagine how thrilled I was to learn that MSWord has an “AutoSummarize” feature! Yep, right under the little Tools menu – you can tell it to condense your entire manuscript to a certain number of sentences or words or a certain percentage of the original.
I was so excited – imagine, Bill Gates found a way to take the pain out of synopsis-writing! So here is the Prologue of GOTH, in ten sentences:
Lucy was sorely disappointed. Toby. Lucy whispered. “Lucy!” “No, Henry!” Henry cried. “Lucy, wait.” Lucy stifled a wry laugh. Lucy bristled. Goodness, thought Lucy.
Um, maybe not. It’s fun to play around with, though – if you need some laughs.
I’ve been lurking around a bunch of different blogs and hanging out at Fanlit Forever. I just have to comment on today’s blog. I was sooo excited at first . . . and then I was laughing out loud. I hate synopses, too. Good luck with yours! And come join us at FF sometime.
Kellye (aka Pollyanna)
That’s beautiful. Now I have to play.
I’m wondering now why I spent over a week on mine when apparently Bill Gates and company can do me one better!
ROFL!!! I must try this right now. Hold on… okay, back. Here’s the Auto-Summary of my first 60 pages:
“Trevor!” “Trevor.” “Trevor.” Daisy sighed. Trevor?
Daisy blinked. “Trevor.” “Daisy?” Daisy sighed. “Trevor.”
Wow. Gripping, huh? I cannot fail to get an agent now!
Question: Why does MS include a feature of such dubious utility?
Here’s the summary of chapter one:
London. “Claire,” her father had said. Well. Well. Claire sighed. Gareth blinked. Well. Gareth blinked three times.
Gareth considered this. Gareth’s brow furrowed.
LOL, Erica and CM – those are great!
Those are absolutely hilarious! I guess that’s further proof that shortcuts aren’t always the best option.
Okay, the ten-sentence summary of the first chapter of my current work:
Melanie laughed. Noura snorted. Melanie laughed. Noura beamed. “Yeah,” Kade agreed. Kade couldn’t help himself. “Have backup,” Kade interrupted. Kade’s forehead wrinkled. Kade smirked at the phone. “Perfect timing.”
In ten sentences, this is my novel. Literally, this is what the autosummary spit out. Thank you, Bill. At least agents and editors will know my hero’s name… and the fact that he gets yelled at and questioned a lot. Too funny!
How does this thing work, anyway? Does it give you the phrases used most often or something?
This is too funny, Tessa. I never even noticed that feature before. But I’m laughing about you hitting it in your desperation to create a synopsis. That is classic. Here is my novella in ten sentences:
Eveline gasped. Eveline screamed. Eveline frowned. Eveline smiled. Eveline flushed. Eveline shivered. Eveline winced. Eveline squeaked. Eveline blushed. Eveline.
ROFL!!! I don’t know, Tessa, I thought that summed up the prologue pretty well! 😉
That feature is too fun. It’s also a hoot to download texts of classic novels and auto summarize them.
OMG, this is hilarious.
For As You Wish:
“Portia?” “Portia.” “Portia. “Portia. “Aubry.” “Portia.” “Portia. “Portia?”