On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009


I use this word in two ways.

First, at the top of the book to determine the date/setting:

Denver, Colorado, Present Day
1945 Burma
Celta, 407 years after colonization, late summer

OR, as a very short pitch of a book:

Guilt-ridden by a mistake that cost her family their lives, half-Lightfolk, half-human Jenni Evers turns her back on her magical heritage...until her remaining brother who hates her is trapped and she's the only one who can travel the time river to save him.

Usually loglines like the one immediately above for Time Shifter consist of a character, a goal, and the conflict that will keep the character from reaching the goal. (Thank you to Pam McCutcheon for Writing the Fiction Synopsis which is a MUST HAVE book).

Half-magical, half-human Jenni Evers.

The goal here for Jenni is unstated, but it is to forget the past or ignore her magical side and continue with her life and the status quo.

Again, pretty much unstated, except that she feels guilt and will have to save a brother who hates her and use the magic she's ignored to do it.

Wow, that made sense!
Now off to in person critique.

May you have moments of clarity today.

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Blogger Janice said...

I've written a few (I'm currently unpublished) and I've always been a little confused in how to write them. But your explanation is very clear, thank you.


11:29 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

These still don't come naturally to me. I have to look them up every time I'm doing a synopsis that might need one.

5:46 AM  

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