Learn How to Write a Synopsis Like a Pro
FEB 14, 2012
Learn how to write a synopsis like a pro with five quick and easy tips, as well as five things to avoid when writing synopses, and a few pointers on formatting your synopsis!
Once you have finished writing your novel or book, it’s time to prepare your work for the submission process. While each literary agent has their own specific guidelines, it’s useful to know how to write a synopsis.
Here are 5 tips on how to write a synopsis like a pro.
5 Tips on How to Write a Synopsis
Before sending your book proposal out to potential literary agents, here are some suggested elements you should include while writing a synopsis:
- Narrative Arc. A synopsis conveys the narrative arc, an explanation of the problem or plot, the characters, and how the book or novel ends. It ensures character actions and motivations are realistic and make sense. It summarizes what happens and who changes from beginning to end of the story. It gives agents a good and reliable preview of your writing skills.
- Active Voice. Agents look for good writing skills. Let yours shine in your synopsis by using active voice and third person.
- Unique Point of View. An agent is usually looking for an idea of fresh or unique elements. Is your plot cliche or predictable? Have elements that set your story apart from other things they have seen.
- Story Advancement. A synopsis should include the characters’ feelings and emotions. Use these elements to advance your plot and story.
- Write Clearly. Focus on clarity in your writing and avoid wordiness. Remember, less is more.
What to Avoid When Writing a Synopsis
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