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How to write a synopsis for your novel - Curtis Brown Creative
Editor's Note: Illustrations in this article were provided by Jason Williams. Tales of a powerful writing creature have long been told around the publishing campfire. It has the capacity to shape story ideas, assist in revision, provide essential book-marketing aid. Yet despite its magical properties, the mere mention of this brute has been known to drive some authors to tears, and induce spasms of terror in others. No, wait!
How to Write a Synopsis When You Have Lots of Characters in Your Story
In this post, we show you how to write a brilliant one-page synopsis for your novel. A synopsis is a n outline of the plot in your play, film, or book. It is a brief summary of the characters who drive your story, especially the protagonist and the antagonist , and the events that occur in the story. Literary agents ask for a query letter and a synopsis to determine if they want to read your book. Writers often include too much detail in their synopses, or they leave out details that should be there.
A friend recently sent me his one-page business summary to review. After sending him back extensive comments, as well as this terrific example of a one-pager from Zootle, above, I thought I should lay out a few principles of one-pagers. The goal of most founders is to get a meeting: with investors, partners, advisors, the press or even star potential employees. It is both impractical and unwise to email a pitch deck — who will want to take all that time to review if?