I am doing research and took some notes off several sites who gave advice on writng synopsis. The sites are listed below and here are some of the key ideas I learned.
– In the upper left hand corner you should have the following info:Synopsis of “Title here”Genre:……………..Word count:By__________ Single space your synopsis.
– One page.
– The short synopsis of power starts with SETTING – when and where the story is set.
– Written in third person, present tense,
– The first mention of each character’s name is put in all-caps
– We describe the chronological sequence
– Reveal big problems in your story. Include core conflict
– Use active voice, not passive
– demonstrate what is at stake
– Choose your descriptive words carefully, ensuring that you’re using words that carry a lot of weight
– written in the same style of writing your book is written in
– Opening hook
– synopsis includes the characters’ FEELINGS and EMOTIONS.
– book: Archetypes that Make Your Story Resonate
– Incident (Story Advancement) + Reaction (Color) = Decision (Story Advancement)
– The main plot elements – the main conflict, the dramatic high points, the climax, and, of course, the resolution
– include all major turning points associated with that formula.
– ending paragraph must show how major conflicts are resolved
– main characters’ conflicts clearly defined?
– Leave all the complex subplots out.
– Don’t include any unnecessary detail, description, or explanation.
– most agents finally settling on 1-2 pages, total. If you write yours as one page, single-spaced, it’s the same length as two pages, double-spaced — and either are acceptable
– Read through what you’ve written and check that every event in the story naturally leads into the next. Imagine beginning each sentence with a Because
– (Synopses longer than one page should be double-spaced.) Its paragraphs are usually indented, with no spaces between paragraphs. You do not use a cover page or any fancy headings or fonts.
– use the type of energetic and brisk voice you need for your synopsis read the backs of paperback novels.
– Write your synopsis in the same format as your manuscript.
– removing excess words and phrases that don’t help you tell the story.
– what is at stake for your heroes, what they stand to lose, and how it all turns out.
– Cut adverbs and adjectives from your synopsis – write as minimally as you can.
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