Date of publication: 2017-08-24 08:02
A synopsis should be a breakdown of the central plot and storyline, and introduce the central characters. Simple, right? Wrong. The problem with building a novel synopsis is that, as the author, it's hard to take a far enough step back to determine what is central and vital and what is interesting but not quite necessary. No more does this issue become evident than when we sit down and write what we think is a killer synopsis, show it to someone who's never read the book, and they find themselves completely confused: and usually bogged down in a host of names, locations, and side issues.
Rule of thumb: You should only name three characters in a short synopsis—usually, the protagonist, antagonist, and possible love interest/side-kick/contagonist. All other characters should be referred to by their roles (. the waitress, the mother, the basketball player).
When you write a novel, it is easy to use the third person because there are characters other than the author. But when you write a theoretical/academic book it is not easy to use third person as if you are someone else is saying for or about what YOU wrote in other words, YOU call yourself SHE does this, SHE says this, according to JEAN, etc.)
Thank you so much for this very helpful worksheet !!!
I was dreading the exercise, but not so much now Can 8767 t wait to start of my syno, but first I wanted to say thank you. 🙂
Great post! I HATE writing the synopsis: it 8767 s the one thing that I still don 8767 t feel comfortable with. I either include too much information, or not enough. Thanks for breaking it down in such a clear way!
One thing writers hate doing but will inevitably have to do (one day or another, at least) is the Dreaded Synopsis. An agent may request it in his/her submission materials, or an editor might want it once your agent has you out on subs. My film agent needed it for shopping around Something Strange & Deadly , and I would imagine other rights-agents would want a short, simple synopsis for the same reason.
[ ] to the fantastic authors over at PubCrawl for this handy guide to Writing a 6 Page Synopsis. Writing any type of synopsis is far more frightening that writing the whole damn novel! But this [ ]
This really helped out quite a bit! My treatment ended up being something like Memento, where it was progressively going forwards and backwards at the same time. I really appreciate your help! I 8767 ll be on the lookout for more posts by you. :]
Alternatively, there are plenty of services (like The MAA) who actually offers this service, professionals who will sit down and help you write your synopsis (and other accompanying material).