Slice of life, so while there is a central conflict, it’s not mind blowing. I fake it for my query. In the scope of the book, it’s not that important. The real conflict comes from each character finding work-romantic relationship balance and it really is more about self realization than it is about the conflicts that are interlocking and stacked. The three acts and the conflict are only the dressing to the core story.
I wrote the synopsis, which is 3 pages, but I need to find a way to make it 2 and 1 page long.
I still need to see a slice of life synopsis meant for a publisher somewhere… I know they exist in Western canon. Just need to find one to read and work off of.
BTW, as I said, the “quemmary” as I’m calling it (the summary in the query because it’s a pain.) should be different from the blurb that goes on the back of the book.
I do 1 sentence summary of the story in less than 20 words, as recommended by Anne McCaffrey. 3 sentences is too long.
elevator pitch (which generally has to be shorter)
The synopses, 1 page (250 words), 2 page (500 words or less), 3 page (750 words or less). Also customize them a bit to the agent, if I have time to ponder it.
But the issue I have is it’s a slice of life. Either I lie and cut the key events that build to the crescendo, rather than using one event, or I am able to find a good example of a slice of life synopsis buried in the internet that doesn’t strictly follow the three act structure and find a way to be forgiven for hating the misogynistic form. (well, for Romance is heightens a lot of problems I have with the genre.)
Slice of life operates with smaller events (generally in European and European-centric canon) building to the “key event.” So instead of one key event that puts them over the top, as with say, action, which usually has one inciting incident, it’s say a handful where they finally figure it out later.
So instead of a singular climax, it’s a series of smaller events that work as the climax. (I have about 3?)
And then it’s a soft landing for the denouement, with a lot of different little events, usually more than the inciting event and the climax.
My problem is how do I make it make logical sense, when the event structure is a lot more subtle?
I wish people weren’t half so rigid on stories as they are in North America.