Writing a Non-Sucky Synopsis

Cruising through Twitter yesterday led me to a great blog post by Roni Loren called “The (Not So) Dreaded Synopsis – 5 Tips To Set You Free.” As soon as I read “I know I’m not the only one who queried the agents who didn’t require a synopsis first just so I could avoid writing the damn thing,” I knew I’d found a soulmate. Solidarity, sister!

Loren said she discovered that writing the synopsis beforeย the book made everything easier. That using the basics you have in your head for a book idea to write up a short synopsis is way easier than trying to cull down every little detail in a 100k book.

*Smacks self in forehead.*

I sure wish I had thought of that earlier. I’m struggling now to write a synopsis that doesn’t suck the life out of my manuscript, and it’s not easy. I’m definitely going to try this next time.

Loren’s 5 tips are:

1. Try writing it before you write your story–even if you’re a pantser.
2. Set aside a paragraph each for your two (or three) main characters at the beginning and fill in their backstory.
3. Don’t worry about subplots and all your secondary characters.
4. Don’t lose your voice.
5. Get in and get out.

To read the full post, head on over to Loren’s blog at http://fictiongroupie.blogspot.com/. You’ll be glad you did!

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5 Responses to Writing a Non-Sucky Synopsis

  1. adduling says:

    Thankyou for this wonderful advice! I did finally write a synopsis for my series and it is better to do before hand, i had completed the second book before i started mine and it has helped to guide me now into the third….now i need to read more of her post to see if my synopsis is how it should look:0)
    Many thanks!

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  3. Roni Loren says:

    Thanks for featuring my post! ๐Ÿ™‚ And glad I wasn’t the only one avoiding the synopsis-requiring agents, lol.

    Hope the tips work for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Roni! Right now I’m at the head-banging stage (with a synopsis for a completed manuscript). But I’ve already started on two more for ideas in my head, and I definitely think it’ll help!

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