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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Writing a Good Synopsis

Thanks to Catherine Chisnall, who pointed out the following via Facebook post:

We should be nice to our brothers and sisters with this particular "challenge." You know, the ones who can write speculative fiction like nobody's business but couldn't write a 1-page synopsis to save their life.

You'd be surprised at how many of your peers, published and unpublished, can't write a decent synopsis of their own novels. I once saw a 55-page "synopsis" that was essentially the whole book in abbreviated form. And when I first read the proposal for a fantasy I ended up publishing, the synopsis was so terrible I almost rejected the book without even looking at the sample chapters.

If you see yourself in this description, fear not! For writers just like you I have compiled four methods of synopsis writing that have yet to fail.

Read on, brave soul, and learn this valuable tool for the professional writer. And maybe people won't break into peals of laughter (or tears) when they read your next synopsis.

Read more (courtesy When the Map Ends

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