How to Write a Synopsis in Ten Steps

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12 thoughts on “How to Write a Synopsis in Ten Steps

  1. I’m just glad it didn’t say “ten EASY steps”! 😀 Well, I guess if you already have figured out the structure of your novel and it fits those ten points nicely, then the writing-it-up part is relatively easy. But what if your novel doesn’t fit that ten-point structure? Uh-oh.

      1. Me and summaries aren’t good dance partners. My “elevator speech” makes you feel like you’re trapped in a submarine 20,000 feet under AND THERE IS NO WAY OUT EXCEPT SHARKS which seems like the better option….

  2. It was an interesting article and I appreciated the use of a book I was so familiar with for the step by step process. However, at a convention earlier this year I went to a panel entitled why editors pass. One editor said she NEVER reads a synopsis unless she’s read the first ten to twenty pages and is fairly certain she wants more, then she might ask for a synopsis or she might just ask for the rest of the novel. ALL the other editors agreed with her. Just FYI.

  3. Thank you for this. It was nice to read one agency’s site that said of the synopsis, “This will be the worst writing you ever do.” Ha. But what a relief. 🙂

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