I have a friend who is entering a publishers open submission period. We were talking about the submission process. The problem with this submission is that instead of the traditional two paragraph blurb about your story, in a traditional Query, and a one-four page synopsis. They want a two-three sentence blurb, and a three paragraph synopsis.
I was in shock for a few moments. It's hard enough to summarize a 300-600 page book in a few pages. But to do it on three paragraphs!!!!!!?????
The guidelines intrigued me, so I thought I'd tackle the problem myself as a challenge, especially if I ever need to do the same thing.
After an evening staring at the guidelines I was beyond frustrated. Three paragraphs is just not enough to properly describe a complex story. Then I had the epithany.
"Story Structure." Doh! I almost smacked my head with my palm.
What are the most important parts of the story?
Plot Point #1, along with the reactive stage.
The mid point and the active stage.
Plot point #2
Now the idea became clear. Use the important parts of story story structure to write your three paragraphs of synopsis.
So I sat down and in three sentences I wrote the two main plotlines and a sentence to draw them together.
Then I wrote one paragraph about the characters and thier desires and inner demons.
The second paragraph I wrote the first plot point, the reactions, and the midpoint.
The third paragraph I wrote plot point #2 and the resolution making sure I told them the end of the story.
I couldn't believe how easy it was once I applied "Story Structure" to what I needed. I'm in shock at what my knowledge of "Story Structure" has done to my wirting. I know I probably sound preachy but I am sold. It has changed everything I know about writng. Try it for yourself, I promise you wont be disapointed.