If you are looking for a literary agent or a publisher, it’s important to write your story’s synopsis as well as you can. I’ve never met a writer who enjoyed writing a synopsis, so I created this simple formula to help you.
A synopsis is an outline of the plot in your play, film, or book. It is a brief summary of the characters who drive your story and the events that occur in the story. Literary agents ask for a query letter and a synopsis if they want to read your book.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to see your story clearly when you’ve been so involved in the minutiae of your book. Writers often include too much detail in their synopses, or they leave out details that should be there.
This formula will help you to write a concise synopsis. I suggest that you answer each question in one sentence. You can also combine some of the answers into one longer sentence. (If you need to, please refer to my post on The Five Plotting Moments That Matter used in the template.)
When you’re finished the book, you may find How To Write A Query Letter In 12 Easy Steps useful as well.
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