Writing a Synopsis

In a previous post [https://fictionwriteruk.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/five-things-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-novel], I highlighted the benefit of writing the synopsis before the story as something I would have liked to have known before I started writing. So how do you write a synopsis?


I trawled the internet, through various guides and templates and nothing really fit for my story. It was too large for me to condense into one page, too many subplots, too many characters. This is a failing on my part, but that doesn’t make it any easier to rectify.


Now focused on my second novel offering, I have revisited the synopsis before any writing has begun and used it as a plot flesher.


The most useful article I found has to be http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2012/04/17/how-to-write-a-1-page-synopsis. Having completed the eleven sections, I know have a very brief outline of my story which does not include all the extras that a literary agent will not care about at first glance. The outline of the main story is covered and I have a strong beginning, middle, and end. Something so simple, yet so gratifying.


I strongly recommend you read the article which has a superb demonstration of the technique using a story most will be familiar with. It has really helped me on round two of my journey, and I hope it will help you too.


2 thoughts on “Writing a Synopsis

  1. creativelyprompted says:

    I envy pantsers that can just sit down and write. I need to plan writing sessions. I’m focusing on flash fiction, and I find even constrained writing requires some planning. Loved the link. That was a fun read. Cheers!


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