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Offline Carol Anne

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Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THE SYNOPSIS!
« on: February 23, 2009, 06:19 PM »
Okay...here it goes...someone at work today told me about this cool writing exercise. It looks like a great way to grease the creativity, and fun to boot. Not to mention wasting valuable time...

You put down a random novel title (one you've made up), and the next person writes a two or three line synopsis for it. ANything goes.Then, when you've written it, it's your turn to leave a title for someone else. And on and on it goes...Okay...I'll start. Who's up for the challenge?

Here's the title:

"SPOILING THE BROTH"...


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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THIS SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2009, 06:28 AM »
SPOILING THE BROTH

Everybody thinks Jackson Smith is a great kid. His mother says so, his teachers say so, his aunts and uncles say so.  But when his would-be friends call him a "dweeb" for not playing a practical joke on soup-kitchen owner Tyson Garrett, Jackson's determined he's going to shed his nice-guy persona once and for all.  Only, when he's sent in to urinate in the broth, he discovers that Tyson does more than runs a soup kitchen...he's a "nice-guy" himself who is literally keeping men and women alive during the winter.  Ultimately, Jackson has to decide if having friends is worth spoiling the broth.


Title: "SARAH SERENDIPITY"

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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THIS SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2009, 07:48 AM »
Okay Ryan, looks like it's just you and I...

SARAH SERENDIPITY:

In a small village in England, a strange phenomenon has taken hold. 

When a mysterious girl by the name of Sarah Hall arrives in town, unexplained things begin to happen.  People win contests, bump into their soul mates,and find miraculous solutions to longstanding problems.  Is it a question of "right place, right time? Coincidence? Or is there more to Sarah than meets the eye?



TITLE:   "HIGH FIVE"
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2009, 08:57 AM »
TITLE:   "HIGH FIVE"

Coming off a huge Say No to Drugs! campaign, Sleeptown, Texas is feeling quite confident and secure with their "Best City to Live in" title given to them by People Magazine.  That is until five brothers, ages 15 to 21 interrupt the flow with their all night parties, wild practical jokes and bellowing clouds of smoke that does NOT smell like cigarettes.  As an effort to protect their legacy, the town nominates the city's most respected judge, Justice Fanny Stevens to take care of the misfits, and even pays her a huge salary bonus to do it.  Fanny never anticipated the turmoil that would errupt from trying to tame five parentless boys.  She certainly never bargained for her daughter, Paycen to fall in love with one of them.  Fanny tries her best to convince Paycen that falling in love with a juvenile delinquent isn't the classy thing to do. Paycen, however, decides to give the town a run for their money.

Okay, I think I might have to write this story!

Title: A Drop in the Bucket
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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THIS SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2009, 09:27 AM »
17-year-old Dougall McArthur is tired of being ignored.  He's tired of his town-sheriff father treating him like a baby, tired of his brothers and sisters acting like he can't do anything, tired of his classmates who won't let him forget his fear of heights.  One day, Dougall decides to do something about it:  he climbs to the top of the of the Crisp-E-Chick'n diner on Highway 18 to do what no one else has yet dared and  cuts down the 12-foot plastic drumstick. Problem is, before he can climb back down with his drumstick trophy, Dougall slips -- and falls right into the giant Crisp-E-Chick'n bucket.  When he comes to, Dougall learns something his father has been trying to find out for months: where the local dealers have been dropping their stash.  Now Dougall has a chance to show everyone that he isn't chicken.

Title:  SHOW ME, DON'T TELL ME














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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THIS SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2009, 09:53 AM »
Oh my!  These are so GOOD!  New books on the way, I predict!
HANNAH & THE SPINDLE WHORL  (Ronsdale, 2010)
HANNAH & THE SALISH SEA (Ronsdale, 2013)
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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THIS SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2009, 09:59 AM »
Yours was a lot better than the idea I came up with, Mary!

Okay.  Show Me, Don't Tell Me

Jacob Kalinski is not your typical eighth grader growing up in Hoboken.  Nothing about Jacob's life is normal or typical.  That's because Jacob comes from a family of standup comedians.  His parents, his grandparents, his older sister and her boyfriend all live with Jacob in a tiny fourth floor walk-up and when they're not out on paying gigs in fifth rate clubs in New York City, New Jersey, or Long Island, they're home cracking jokes from dawn to midnight.

But Jacob wants more out of life.  He dreams of leaving standup comedy behind for a loftier ambition and take his performing to a whole new level.  Jacob wants to be a pantomime artist.  He dreams of becoming the next Marcel Marceau or Red Skelton.  But with his whole family so caught up in comic timing and verbal shenanigans, can Jacob ever make his family see that he wants to show, not tell?


Here's one of my titles from many long years ago:

Breaking the Code
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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THIS SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2009, 05:12 PM »
BREAKING THE CODE:

Ever since Jordan started at his new school, he's felt like a square peg. Seems he doesn't fit in with any of the already established groups and the only thing he's good at is saying the wrong thing. Determined to learn the unwritten rules of Eastwick High, Jordan teams up with Riley Mills - Eastwick's most notorious bad boy.  Desperate for companionship, Jordan takes on the role of Riley's lackey, and it isn't long before he's in way deeper than he'd ever wanted to go.  Is school cred worth it? Especially when his actions cause a such a cruel domino effect among the school's less popular students?


TITLE:  SECOND NATURE
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2009, 06:54 AM »
SECOND NATURE:

Something's happening to the people of Gretchen Falls.  There were rumors for years that the town was cursed...or worse...but it wasn't until Penny Parsons and her mother move in with a new step-father just one mile from download Gretchen Falls does she realize how wrong the rumors were. One visit to the cliff overlooking the picturesque Falls, Gretchen slips...and doesn't fall.  Instead, she finds herself able to float. No, not just float.  Actually fly!  But not everyone of the Falls uses these new abilities as for good, and when one particularly friendlier-than-normal neighbor learns Penny's become one of those given a second nature, Penny is expected to live up to the town rumors...and die.


TITLE: LITTLE MORE THAN NOTHING

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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THE SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2009, 09:45 AM »
The town of Little, Nebraska (population 328) is a dump.  At least that's what Jason Johnson thinks. Jason was born in Little and he's only been out of the town twice in his entire life, once to Omaha for his grandfather's funeral, and once to the totally boring State Fair. There's never anything going on in Little.  But when Jason and his buddies Lee and Spenser stumble into what they think is an old cave, they discover something entirely different:  an abandoned missile silo.  Nobody in Little knows anything about it -- that much Jason knows. But Jason, Lee and Spenser discover something else: even the U.S. Government doesn't know about that abandoned silo.  Little, it seems, is a lot more than what it looks like.  And Jason and his friends find out that there's quite a lot going on in Little. A lot more than nothing.

TITLE:  BIG, BAD AND BEAUTIFUL.

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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2009, 09:17 AM »
BIG, BAD, and BEAUTIFUL

John is monstrous for a ten-year-old.  He's already a foot taller than his classmates, and puts up with accusations that he was held back two (or three...or four) grades when he was younger.  John's best friend, Nathan, doesn't care though.  Nathan uses John to be the usual tyrant he is on the playground, intimidating all the kids to hand over their lunch money. Of course he gives John a cut--ten cents on the dollar.  But when Nathan starts picking on Jeannie, the most beautiful girl in the entire school--maybe even the entire world--John begins to question his friendship with Nate. Because Jeannie is the first person John's ever met who likes him just for being John, regardless of size.


TITLE: STAR FLAME

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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THE SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2009, 09:44 AM »
(I'm fast getting addicted to this exercise. I'd rather write these synopses than fix  my WIP)

Fourteen-year-old Bethany is relieved when a new girl shows up at her school:  now the kids have someone else to pick on.  And someone a lot more 'different' than Bethany, too:  with her bright red hair, long crimson skirt, amber-and-gold leotard and orange tights, Star Flame stands out a mile. The fact that she's an airy-fairy total nutcase who talks in riddles is just icing on the cake. After a week around Star Flame, Bethany feels practically normal; the kids in algebra have even started being friendly to her.  There's one thing everyone can agree on, too:  Star Flame is one weird girl. In fact, she's so much fun to pick on that even Bethany can't resist it -- especially in P.E.  Then the gymnasium burns down one night and Star Flame disappears. And Bethany is the only one who can solve the riddle of what's happened to her.

TITLE:  MARCHING TO GEORGIA
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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THE SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2009, 06:43 PM »
MARCHING TO GEORGIA:

When Dylan Jacobs is the only one who gets caught spray painting the old folk's home in town, he is lucky to get off easy with just 4 weeks of community service at the center.  But it doesn't turn out to be the slack two hours a day that he had anticipated.  The senior citizens are so...old! And smelly, and some are totally out of it.  Some of them even wear diapers! It freaks him out, and he can't wait until the month is over.  But after a week, Dylan meets Harry Reynolds, a ninety year old man in a wheelchair with a million stories that he insists on telling.  Most of them are boring: about life in "the good ol days", but when he tells Dyaln about his grandfather, "Richard Reynolds" - a Union soldier in the Civil War, fighting when just two years older than Dylan, he begins to think that maybe old people have something relevant to say after all.  Under the command of General Sherman,  Richard Reynolds had been part of the famous "March to Georgia", and had suffered many hardships before he'd reached the end.

After hearing the story,  Dylan must decide if it is time to grow up, be accountable, and finally face his own demons. And is violence really the answer?

TITLE:   HUMBLE PIE
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Re: Fun Writing Exercise....WRITE THE SYNOPSIS!
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2009, 10:09 AM »
HUMBLE PIE  (Isn't this actually a title???)

David Johnson is better than practically everyone at practically everything. Just ask him, and he'll tell you.  From track and field events to Pinewood derby to playing Rachmaninoff on the piano to acing every single test he takes.  So when the town decides to have a pie-eating contest--with the prize being $100--he knows he's a shoo-in. 

And he is, although little Becky Garfield gives him a run for his money.  Still, in the last seconds of the competition, he manages just bite more than Becky can handle and he ends up taking home the cash.  But it isn't until afterward that he discovers Becky wasn't just competing to be number one, but for a chance to feed her little sister and brother something other than rice and oatmeal for once.  Her mother can barely make ends meet, and the prize money was their only chance for something ordinary.  But winning isn't everything, apparently...because David's new bike can't erase the sense of guilt he has inside.


TITLE: SORROW'S JUST A DREAM

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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2009, 05:28 PM »
Sorrow's Just a Dream

Sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts  Pearl S. Buck

Sorrow Wilson's only wish every Christmas was for her mother to come home, or at least for her father to pay more attention to her.  Since Sorrow and her father moved to the small town of Hanely when she was five, the locals have rumored that her mother had run off.  Why else would a recluse like Russ Wilson be raising a daughter by himself?  Her father had not confirmed, nor denied, the rumors until Sorrow turned fourteen. 

At the enormous regional high school, Sorrow learns to stand up for herself, to ask questions, and to expect answers.  Her literature teacher, Mr. Andrews, shows particular interest in helping her uncover her history and to discover her dreams for her future.  Russ is forced by Sorrow's growing desire for a mother, and by his own jealousy of Mr. Andrews, to explain to her that her mother had died during Sorrow's birth. 

While Sorrow grieves the mother she will never have, her father finally grieves the love he lost.  Learning that she was all her mother had ever wanted gives her strength to support her increasingly depressed father. Opening up the past is more than he can bear, and during a breakdown he reveals that he had never wanted a child.

Sorrow's growing maturity and confidence comes just in time to accept that sometimes your dreams are all you have to go on.


(My mother's name is Dolores- Spanish meaning sorrows, her father died a tragic death when my grandmother was carrying her)

TITLE: A DAY LATE, A DOLLAR SHORT
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