One of my critique partners is writing a synopsis for her book.
I am working on a book, but haven't written a synopsis for it. Yet. I'm thinking I might.
Here are some of the best words I've heard about writing a synopsis. They are from Alicia Rasley. She's an author and has written great writing books. This is what she says about writing a synopsis.
Well, the mistake is thinking that the synopsis is a summary of the PLOT. It should be the summary of the STORY. What's the difference?
The story is more than what happens. It's the journey of the characters, the emotion they experience, the theme and voice. All that should show up in your synopsis in some way. If this is a funny story, the synopsis should have humor. If the characters go through psychological agony, the synopsis should explore a bit of that.
We hear so many different tips for writing a synopsis. When I read this it all kind of clicked for me. Now just because something has clicked doesn't mean it's fun and exciting. I still think writing a synopsis is one of the hardest things to do.
I remember way, way back, long, long ago, I was having trouble writing a synopsis for a story that I had already written. One of my critique partners took my bare-boned synopsis and added to it. The story sounded so good! Looking back I think the synopsis was better than my story. :)
Do you have a way you like to 'work' your synopsis?
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