The Brutal Synopsis…

I just finished writing the outline for my next mystery — Hair Trigger, which will be the first book in a new series.

My first two mysteries — Dark Sunset and Bloody Sunset — are set in a small town of Sunset, Michigan.  For Hair Trigger I thought I might give Sunset a rest and go in a different direction.

This time the setting is gritty urban — Detroit and its environs to be exact.  I wanted to do a weird riff on Moby Dick and pursue the white whale.

As with any new project, I am pumped and ready to go.

However, I still have work left on the synopsis for my first book.  This is proving to be more difficult than writing and revising the book.

After something like fifteen drafts I am having trouble working up any new enthusiasm for it.

Which is a dangerous place to be.

I love the book and my readers think it’s terrific,  but I am stuck here and am not sure why.  A great synopsis should sing and whet the reader’s appetite.  But each of my attempts has been either uninspired at best or totally flaccid at worst.

I know that I will get through this and produce a great synopsis that will sell the book. It’s only a matter of time and inspiration.

This whole exercise has made me really appreciate those unsung heroes of the publishing world who write the jacket copy.

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