To reinforce Alison’s reminder at the end of her post:
Please, please, please remember that this is not a blurb.
You MUST include the ending.
Like writing the dreaded blurb, writing a synopsis can throw the best writers into a panic! This is something else I’ve written about before, but is definitely worth repeating.
I’ve worked with lots of writers who can compose the most beautiful prose, bring scenes to vivid life, make me care about their characters, keep me turning the page, but these same writers find one thing almost impossible to do – they can’t write a synopsis.
What is it about a synopsis that has so many writers struggling? It doesn’t seem to matter how great a writer you are, there’s just something about condensing your masterpiece down into one or two sides of A4 that strikes fear into a writer’s heart.
And I think that’s the issue. As authors, we spend so long on our books, every last detail is important to us. A synopsis asks us to get to the…
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