SINS OF THE FATHER — When Prometheus ups his killing spree, Oliver (Stephen Amell) searches for connections between the victims. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Curtis (Echo Kellum) discover the victims have a mysterious link to Oliver’s past and this new secret could upend his new team. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) has a heart-to-heart with Lance (Paul Blackthorne), and Felicity considers telling Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) the truth about her work. John Behring directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Brian Ford Sullivan (#506).  Original airdate 11/9/2016.
—  Official Synopsis for Episode 5x06, So It Begins

“Crossfire”— (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

SUPERGIRL TAKES ON A RUTHLESS NEW GANG — Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) must beat a ruthless new gang who has been armed with dangerous new alien technology. When Cadmus sends a video to the DEO, the team realizes Cadmus is the one staffing the criminals for a secret mission. Meanwhile, Kara (Melissa Benoist) gets Mon-El (Chris Wood) a job as an intern at CatCo, James makes an important decision and Lena (Katie McGrath) invites Kara to attend one her fundraisers. Glen Winter directed the episode written by Gabriel Llanas & Anna Musky-Goldwyn (#205). Original airdate 11/7/2016.


Accountability check-in: THE PLAN is for the following fic to come out of NaNo and be published in December. I’m not a planner, per se, so we’ll see how it goes. I won’t be posting my actual writing here in its entirety, but will put up blurbs on occasion. x

Title: Letters of a Lifetime
Description: Part of the “Music of the Heart”/“Music of Our Lives” series. Upon his death, Charles Carson has bequeathed his wife’s most precious possession to her best friend, Beryl: a collection of notes, letters, and journals that catalogue the development of a love that transcends even death. The reader joins Beryl as she sifts through them all. Story is set as a series of notes mixed with flashbacks. AU Chelsie/Downton Abbey. Period set from pre-canon to end of MoOL.

10.12 - "About a Boy" Synopsis

“About a Boy” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

DEAN IS TURNED INTO HIS 14 YEAR OLD SELF — Looking to get Dean (Jensen Ackles) out of the bunker, Sam (Jared Padalecki) finds a case for him and Dean to investigate – people are disappearing into thin air with only their clothes left behind. Sam and Dean suspect fairies or angels, but the truth turns out to be much more shocking – Hansel (guest star Mark Acheson), from Hansel and Gretel lore, is kidnapping people and turning them into their younger selves to placate the evil witch (guest star Lesley Nicol). Unfortunately, Dean finds this information out the hard way after he becomes Hansel’s next victim and reverts to his 14 year old self. Serge Ladouceur directed this episode written by Adam Glass (#1011). Original airdate 2/3/2015.

A synopsis is a summary of your manuscript. That’s it. You get a chance to answer the question “what’s your novel about?” in one single-spaced page in an omniscient narrative voice. Usually it is required in the query process (along with a query letter and sample pages).

One tip that took off a lot of pressure for me is that the function of a synopsis is primarily practical. The synopsis is not about voice and beautifully-crafted prose—its purpose is to let the agent know what happens.

I know how difficult this part can be for some writers, including myself! Here are some tips for writing your synopsis.

For two seasons, the refugees of The 100 sent to Earth have been at war. First with themselves, then with the Grounders, and finally with Mount Weather. Many have lost their lives along the way. All have lost their innocence. They have learned the hard way that in the fight for survival, there are no heroes and no villains. There is only the living and the dead. But now the war is over. The battle against Mount Weather has been won. The prisoners have returned home to a world seemingly at peace, but can they find peace within themselves after what they had to do to escape? And is there more to life than just surviving? Unfortunately, their newfound sense of normalcy will be short-lived, and their lives will be changed forever, as threats both old and new test their loyalties, push them past their limits, and make them question what it truly means to be human. First, they fought to survive. Then, they fought for their friends. Now, they will fight for the human race.
What You Need to Include in Your Synopsis

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Ah, the dreaded novel synopsis. I don’t think any writer ever complains more than when they have to write a synopsis. They’re certainly intimidating: “Excuse me, please condense your 80k word manuscript into two pages. Good luck!” Even though you might think the task is impossible, it’s really not. You are a writer; you can make anything sound fantastic. Right?

If you include the following things, then your synopsis will be great (and just what an agent or editor is looking for):

You need a plot overview. The most important part of the synopsis is making sure you cover all the main plot points. The easiest way to do this? Invest in some sticky notes and start writing down two or three sentences per chapter that summarize the events. That’s it. Write down only the most important things that happen in each chapter of your manuscript (this is also a great way to check pacing if you’re still revising). Now that you have the basics in front of you, string those chapter highlights into a few pages of “narration” for your synopsis.

You need to ignore most subplots. I know it’s difficult to cut things from the synopsis, but you can’t avoid it. Focus on the main story arc and maybe one or two intriguing subplots—if you have the room.

You need to introduce the characters. A lot of synopses focus on the plot (good!), but ignore the characters (bad!). Introduce the main characters–protagonists and antagonists–and don’t shy away from including their emotions and reactions to situations (especially if it impacts the storyline). Your characters make your story compelling, so they need to be in the synopsis spotlight. Putting character names in CAPITAL LETTERS (just like that) is a good way to make the cast of your manuscript stand out in a synopsis—and the person reading your synopsis can quickly scan the document for character names to trigger their memory.

You need to talk about the setting. Where does the story take place? How does the setting enhance the plot? These are important questions to answer in your synopsis.

You need to avoid adding description. Even if a situation is highly intense and life-changing, you don’t need to say that in the synopsis. Don’t over-analyze what is going on in the story. Simply state the action as it happens. Leave the descriptive passages in the manuscript.

You need to make it short. There’s no official length for a synopsis (agents and editors will prefer synopses of varying lengths), so it’s best to have a couple on hand (or at least know where you can shorten if necessary). Aim for a synopsis between 1 to 3 pages and make sure you can whittle it down to one page if you need to. The shorter, the better.

You need to format it properly. A one-page synopsis in 8pt font isn’t a great idea. Use a normal text size (12pt is standard, but I’ll let you get away with 11pt if you need the extra space) with a normal font (Times New Roman is always safe). Don’t set crazy margins and try your best to double space. Remember to include your name and the name of the manuscript at the top of your page—especially if you’re submitting your synopsis document separately from your manuscript. Make it easy for an agent or editor to find out what they’re reading and who wrote it.

Need even more synopsis guidance? Author Marissa Meyer wrote a great post called 6 Steps for Writing a Book Synopsis.

DEAN GETS A SURPRISING MESSAGE FROM BOBBY’S CELL PHONE — Dean (Jensen Ackles) is surprised when he checks Bobby’s cell phone and hears a message that says Bobby or his next of kin have been named as a beneficiary in an heiress’ will. Hoping that means extra money, Dean talks Sam (Jared Padalecki) into hitting the road to claim their fortune. However, what they encounter at the house is far from a treasure chest. John MacCarthy directed this episode written by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder (1006).

Synopsis for 10.06 “Ask Jeeves” — Original airdate 11/18/2014.

when you steal a crown then run from the guards to find a tower to hide in only to get hit in the head with a frying pan several times, locked in a closet, and forced into a tour guide job which almost gets you and this chick killed several times until you end up in this cave and you thought you were having a moment by telling her your real name and then she ruins it with this glowing hair joke but then it really glows and you're alive... but her hair really glows. why does her hair glow?
How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel
by Glen C. Strathy

To sell your novel, you may need to know how to write a synopsis, even if you are a pantser-type novelist who can write a whole novel without making an outline first. Agents and publishers will often ask for a synopsis along with sample chapters before they request a complete manuscript.

The biggest mistake most people make when they try to write a synopsis for the first time is to create a bare bones plot summary, along the lines of “First this happens, then this happens, then this happens…” Synopses written this way tend to be so dry and boring even the author would have trouble understanding why anyone would want to read the full novel.

Imagine, for example, if a sports writer described a hockey game as “First one team scored. Then the other team scored. Then the first team scored twice. Then the game ended.” Pretty boring, yes?

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6 Steps for Writing a Book Synopsis
by Marissa Meyer

Confession: I enjoy writing query letters. I know that most writers loathe them, but I always thought the query letter was kind of a fun challenge. The challenge of trying to distill your novel down to its essence, giving just enough information to draw the agent or editor in to the story, but without giving away so much that the manuscript loses all sense of mystery.

However, I feel quite differently about the second-most dreaded item of many submission packages: the Synopsis.

The book synopsis is that three- or four-page snapshot of the book, that essentially tells your story from beginning to end, while seemingly stripping it of any intrigue, humor, or emotional resonance. To me, writing a synopsis that could leave a reader still wanting to read the actual manuscript always seemed like a much bigger challenge than the query letter.

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First Photo: Marvel’s ’Guardians of the Galaxy’ | CBM

Plus a synopsis

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power fo the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.