1.01.2006

#91 Crapometer

Genre: Mystery


Deadly Arrows-Synopsis

Small town newspapering sounded like a great idea to Fay Cunningham until the day a killer tried to nail her hide to a tree with a razor sharp arrow. Now she must convince a young whippersnapper police officer, Mitch Malone and his redneck family that the arrow didn't come from a hunter who mistook her for a deer. Just because the woman who was charged with firing another deadly arrow into Mitch's niece hung herself in her jail cell, didn't mean
the tight-knit Pennsylvania community is now free of a cunning murderer. And Fay must prove it with lightning speed before the next arrow lands her six feet under.

this is flap copy, not a synopsis.

I've bitten people in the keister saying their work is awash in names and events, but this takes succinct to an extreme. You need more here. Starting with: what happens?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anonymous tip: One of the ways I practiced for Miss Snark's Crapomenter was to write quick synopses of well known novels -- To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Life of Bees, Lie Down in Darkness. It does make you think character over chronology and substance over style. If Miss Snark can bust her butt for us, we need to put all we can into what we feed the Crapometer.

M. G. Tarquini said...

That tip is inspired, Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

If Miss Snark can bust her butt for us, we need to put all we can into what we feed the Crapometer.

Excellent point, anon. It's disrespectful to do otherwise.

Christa M. Miller said...

So if an ending were added in about another 100-150 words, would it have been a synopsis?

At least one agent I'm considering wants only a 250-word synopsis, and I'm having a heck of a time boiling down the story AND presenting character AND showing something "fresh and original". I'm sure it can be done... it's just very very difficult.

Your thoughts, Miss Snark?

McKoala said...

"Excellent point, anon. It's disrespectful to do otherwise."

I doubt very much that disrespect was intended. In the acquisition of any skill, there are always beginners. The people who visit this site are at different stages in their writing journey, and I suspect that this writer, and some others, simply did not realise exactly what writing a synopsis entails.

Thanks to Miss Snark, now they do know.