Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Nailing Your Concept
Keeping your concept in mind is crucial. And no matter whether you are still in the plotting stage or finishing up your final draft, you should be able to write a one sentence synopsis that includes three primary pieces:
~ Main character
~ Challenge to overcome
Most of you know, this is not an easy thing to do, but it's something that as a writer you just have to work at until you get it. Being able to hold onto this one sentence as you're writing will give your book the consistency it needs as well as help you maintain your focus and not get lost in the muck.
Here is an example concept sentence from one of my projects--
Parker spends every night trapped in the dreams of the last person he made eye contact with and it's killing him.
Think of the summary sentence on the copyright page of every novel. So, you give it a try. Post a concept sentence in the comments. It can be from any idea, outline, draft you have, and the best one gets to choose from:
1 - query critique
2 - 20 pg manuscript critique
3 - a copy of MATCHED by Ally Condie
Hooray for contests! Now go! :)