Novel Synopsis Made Easy

29 11 2012

Anyone beginning a novel, or who has completed a novel needs a synopsis.

Writing a synopsis before you write your novel will help you with your plotting and the synopsis can be a guide for you while you write. It is easier to write a synopsis before you write your novel because you don’t get bogged down details. When the book is completed just go back and revise your synopsis to make sure it reflects the novel you wrote, instead of the novel you intended to write. A synopsis is a handy tool to send to an agent as well.

A synopsis is:

A narrative summary of your book. That doesn’t mean that it is a grocery list of what happens.It should have emotional impact!

Written in present tense.This is a must, they aren’t interested in what you will be doing or what you will one day be doing. Write the letter in the here and now.

It’s written in third person.Think back to when you were writing essays in school and cut out all I’s and We’s.

Write in the style of your book. Remember the synopsis is a reflection of the best parts of your novel. Think of the synopsis as a first date. That means keep it brief; stay true to who you are; keep your negative self loathing locked up until they commit to loving you forever. 

A synopsis weaves together your main characters and their main conflicts in the narrative. This is where you show your craft by being interesting and brief. It took you a year to craft your novel; make sure your synopsis is equally thoughtful. One paragraph should flow logically to the next. If you are switching ideas, you need to make sure you build in a transition to connect your paragraphs.

Don’t include every character or every scene, plot point, or subplot in your synopsis. Give a nice gloss over of what your book is about and what drives your characters.No teasers. Remember, they can only judge your manuscript on what they are given- not what they are promised will be good.

Need someone to polish your synopsis? Charles Henry Editing does Synopsis editing and evaluations for $250.00. Email carolyn@charleshenryediting.com to get a professional editor to polish your synopsis today!

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29 11 2012
Tammy J Rizzo

Reblogged this on Tammy J Rizzo and commented:
Synopses are one of my weak points. I never know what to put into one. Here’s a brief post with a short explanation of what a synopsis should be and how it should be written. I found this rather helpful, and will keep in in mind for future use.

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