The best way to write a good 300-word synopsis is to first write a really shitty thousand-word one.

As my stroll down Compression Street, went from 1000, to 820, to 504, to 477, it became clear that, like most painful, grueling things in life, writing a synopsis is highly beneficial. It’s not only a good writing exercise in itself, it forces you to view your manuscript in a new light.

During my research into this horrible little process, I read one tip saying it’s a good idea to write the synopsis before you write the book. Then it’s already out of the way.

Not. A bad. Idea.

I also came to feel that compression is not as good a descriptor as squeezing or wringing. But maybe now I’m just moving commas around.