How to Write a Synopsis

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So you thought writing your novel was hard, until you had to write a synopsis. How do you cram your entire manuscript into one page? Are you breaking out into a sweat yet? Everyone dreads writing the synopsis, so let’s look at some best practices to write the best one we can.

  • Include the ending. This is not where we hold onto mystery or secrecy. This isn’t the same as your blurb, you want to give away the ending. If an agent or publisher has asked for a synopsis they want to know everything that happened. Including the ending.
  • Be brief. You want your synopsis to be one page single spaced, which is two pages double spaced. Unless they ask for a longer synopsis specifically, stick to a page no matter how hard it is.
  • Write it in third person present tense regardless of how your book is written. Do…

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How to Write a Synopsis

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