Writers sometimes refer to it as the “elevator synopsis“. It is a concise summary of their book that they have prepared in advance. The reference to an elevator means that the description has to be short enough so that it could be used if the author was asked about his piece while in an elevator with someone (like an agent or publisher!).
I’ve been thinking about my own elevator synopsis for the memoir I am working on. I am finding that it’s a good exercise to help me focus on why I’m writing, who I’m writing for, and what to include in the work.
I’ve also been thinking about an elevator synopsis for My Own Velvet Room. That seems to be a bit harder to come up with. Like many of us, my reason for blogging has changed and morphed into different facets during the time I’ve been here. To narrow all of that down to a concise sentence or two seems daunting.
My Own Velvet Room is where I share a bit about family, my experience as an adoptee, my ancestors, books I enjoy, my writing experiences. It’s sometimes introspective, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, also contains the occasional rant. There isn’t a single theme or focus, in fact it’s quite eclectic in content.
To explain all that my blog is during an elevator ride, I would have to resort to pushing the buttons for all of the floors so that it would stop at each floor, thus prolonging the ride to the desired floor. Likely not the way to win friends.
I’ll keep thinking about it, and I welcome any and all suggestions!