I hate writing up a synopsis. Absolutely hate it. But, when I’m reviewing a manuscript, it’s the first thing I look for. Why? If constructed well, it will sell your writing, or more importantly the book. The reader (agent, publisher) will know from reading this baby that you understand the basics – setting the scene, conflict and character development.
With a synopsis, you can’t hide.
I get it though, they’re difficult to write. How much info to add? What to add? Is it just a series of plot points?
Yes and no.
Things to remember when writing a synopsis:
Can you use a quote from the text? Yes, of course. Keep it brief, though.
How many pages? Again, keep it brief, one to two pages?
Hint: these are often easier to write AFTER you’ve finished the novel.
What are your feelings about writing a synopsis?
A little something to get you started on your writing journey:
Do you want to write a romance novel?
Everyone wants a HAPPILY EVER AFTER (HEA).