The brief paragraph about your story doesn't need to give us everything that happens in the story, but it should give us the general sense of who the story is about, the setting, the conflict and the conclusion. We don't need to know the background history of the characters, we don't need to know who the lesser characters are - we just need the basics.
There is no perfect formula for writing these, but you have to make sure the basics are there. The best approach to doing this is to treat the elements first as a fill-in-the-blank worksheet. For many of you, I am betting you used something like this with your character bios in the early drafting stage.
I always recommend this basic approach. Certainly it isn't fixed in stone and every book can be dealt with differently, but you should get the general idea.
- Word Count
- High Concept
- Who is the heroine? What is her internal conflict?
- Who is the hero? What is his internal conflict?
- What is getting in the way of these two getting together?
- How will we get to the resolution?
Obviously the last paragraph is a bit about you and your writing.
That's the short and sweet of it.
See you tomorrow.