Story Summary Sybil
Friday, June 29, 2007, 5:12 PM
Okay, so I spent more than an hour yesterday writing a one sentence description about my as-yet-to-be-written novel. You know—like they do on the New York Times Bestseller’s List:
THE GOOD GUY, by Dean Koontz. An ordinary man finds himself at the center of a murder plot.
ON CHESIL BEACH, by Ian McEwan. A wedding night goes terribly wrong.(Am I the only one who trips over this guy's name?)
Being the rewriting pro/cripple/addict I am, I wrote another one liner about the novel. And then another one, because who wants to leave well enough alone when something else might be better? I don’t know how long this took because I’m on vacation and I refuse to live by the clock, but when I felt my eyes doing the whirly-gig, I knew I'd been the victim of an editorial body snatcher again.
This post is inspired by Step 1 of The Snowflake Method: take an hour and write a one-sentence summary of your novel; and by that creepy movie Sybil from 1976: the true story of a young woman named Sybil, whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.
One liner sentence attempts:
An unlikely relationship forms between a secret government agent and the target she’s been assigned to frame.None of these are my real idea, but I think one or two might not be bad. Ah, but if only I didn’t have to move on to Step 2: the introductory paragraph.