Discussion for Platinum members about the current Page Turner Writing Contest
Moderator: Deb Porter
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Ok I have some semi-urgent last-minute questions--then I'll be done I promise
First, my synopsis now is really only half a page--I kinda wrote it like it was the back cover of a book. It's about 155 words. Is that too short? I can write longer but if so, I'll probably have to scratch it and start over.
Also, is there a specific format that's needed? Does it have to be double-spaced, what kind of font is preferable, etc? I don't think I saw that anywhere, but if it is let me know.
Write and submit your synopsis as you do your challenge entries. There is a place to post your synopsis on the submission page. Single space with double spaces between paragraphs. The file of your chapter needs to be uploaded.
As for the length, I think I read in another thread that you have no idea where the book is going, which makes it difficult to write a synopsis at all. Of course, this doesn't mean your first chapter won't WOW the judges but I would probably take some time to at least get some idea in your mind about where you want the book to go and end up. I wouldn't say it's too short without seeing it but I just wonder how much info. you can give in only 155 words.
Then again, maybe it's plenty for the judges!
Sorry I can't be of more help. If it feels right to you, don't sweat too much over it. It's the chapter that the judges will be ultimately judging.
I say, great job in just biting the bullet and going for it. If nothing else, you've stepped up to the challenge, which already makes you a winner.
You make me laugh!
As for a title, why not do what some Challenge entrants do (much to Deb's irritation) and title it, "Page Turner Chapter."
Or - "My Book"
Well it's nearly done now--I finally came up with a title after all day thinking about it (and having a bit of help from my sister). All I have to do is go over it and edit some things...and turn it in tomorrow. Talk about waiting til the last minute
Hey...sometimes it's those last minute entries that end up in the winner's circle.
You go, girl!
LOL, one more thing--in your entry, did you put your title and your name? I know it will be on the entry form, but I didn't know if it was needed in the actual chapter too.
Actually, I don't think you're supposed to put it on your entry at all - just on the form. On each page of my chapter, I put a header with the name of the book and the page numbers. But no name.
Make sure that you do not put the "trailer" version of your book. A synopsis is the summary of your entire story with an overview of the beginning, middle and end. The judges need to be able to see that you have a very specific plot with a main goal for the MC to accomplish.
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