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Discussion for Platinum members about the current Page Turner Writing Contest

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Countdown to Closing Date for Entries

Postby Deb Porter » Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:55 pm

If you're wondering how much time you have to get your 2009 Page Turner entry in, here's the official countdown:


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Postby Writetrack » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:05 pm

Man, it seems like so long but, like a 9-month pregnancy, I'm sure it will fly by.

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Postby Deb Porter » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:07 pm

Writetrack wrote:Man, it seems like so long but, like a 9-month pregnancy, I'm sure it will fly by.


Well it is giving birth to something, and the labour involved may seem as painful at times. :mrgreen:

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Postby Writetrack » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:26 pm

LOL...if that aint the truth... :D

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Postby Hoomi » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:54 pm

Compared to NaNoWriMo, nine months is an eternity!

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Postby Deb Porter » Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:03 am

It sure is, Rick. Particularly if you get your entry in early.

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Postby JesusPuppy » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:40 am

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Writetrack wrote:Man, it seems like so long but, like a 9-month pregnancy, I'm sure it will fly by.


Well it is giving birth to something, and the labour involved may seem as painful at times. :mrgreen:

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Postby Vile » Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:14 pm

I keep telling myself I'm finishing my first novel before starting on the second, but since the Main character is based off of a friend of mine, I need to make sure he likes where I'm taking the "inspired" character.

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Postby Sparrow » Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:53 pm

I was gonna enter this year, but isn't happening yet... :|
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Postby South-paw-Scribbler » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:13 pm

I'm half-way through my synopsis. Had to write the ending to find out where my MC's were headed and how they got there. LOL

Win or not, I'm excited to be entering this year. I WILL have it done in time. :shock:
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Postby kahoosbt » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:42 pm

I'm working on mine, too. I debated as to whether or not to give it a go, but finally decided I would.

The "polishing" of my first chapter is going fairly well, but I'm having a bit more trouble with the synopsis.

Deb, maybe you could post (in all your "spare time" :mrgreen: ) a bit about what you look for in a synopsis?

Things I'm wondering are:
--How long you like it to be
--Do you like it written (as I've read in articles on synopsis-writing) in third person, present tense?
--Anything you like to see specifically included and/or excluded?
etc...

Any extra info would be greatly appreciated! :D

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Postby itsjoanne » Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:21 pm

kahoosbt wrote:I'm working on mine, too. I debated as to whether or not to give it a go, but finally decided I would.

The "polishing" of my first chapter is going fairly well, but I'm having a bit more trouble with the synopsis.

Deb, maybe you could post (in all your "spare time" :mrgreen: ) a bit about what you look for in a synopsis?

Things I'm wondering are:
--How long you like it to be


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Shelley - unless they've changed the rules, the synopsis can't be more than 500 words. That's all I can help you with :D

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Postby South-paw-Scribbler » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:46 pm

itsjoanne wrote:
kahoosbt wrote:I'm working on mine, too. I debated as to whether or not to give it a go, but finally decided I would.

The "polishing" of my first chapter is going fairly well, but I'm having a bit more trouble with the synopsis.

Deb, maybe you could post (in all your "spare time" :mrgreen: ) a bit about what you look for in a synopsis?

Things I'm wondering are:
--How long you like it to be


Thanks!
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Shelley - unless they've changed the rules, the synopsis can't be more than 500 words. That's all I can help you with :D


Oh dear! I'm in trouble, how do I compact a 70,000 word novel synopsis into 500 words? AAAARGH!

Someone grab me some VERY LARGE scissors! :shock:
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Postby kahoosbt » Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:13 pm

Thanks, Joanne, but EEEEK!!! :shock:

I agree with Karlene, LOL!

Most of the sites I looked at mentioned 1-3 pages. I hadn't rechecked the rules for the page turner yet (but would have before sending it in.)

All of which brings up another question. I've been writing my synopsis as I'd seen in examples...basically a summary of the main plot line of the entire book, including "giving away" the ending. But if it's to be that much shorter should it be more in the style of back cover or dust jacket copy...i.e. more of a "teaser"?

I'm fine with however Deb wants it...I'm just glad I checked! :mrgreen:

And I can certainly understand Deb not wanting huge long synopses since she's going to have so much to read / judge as it is!

I'll adapt...isn't that what writers do? :wink:

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Postby South-paw-Scribbler » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:57 pm

I was wondering the same things, then googled "synopsis". What Shelley is explaining is what I found too. I can adapt too if need be, I'll need really really large, very sharp scissors though. :mrgreen:
But I CAN do this thing. :mrgreen:
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