Amber Gillet Explains The Anatomy of a Synopsis
With a synopsis, the devil is in the detail. The real challenge is selecting the right details to include as a way to capture the essence of your work in a condensed 3-4 page piece. Think of this as your first impression. You don't want to appear dry and boring when meeting someone new; you want to appear exciting and interesting!
What do I keep- what do I leave?
The main thing to remember when writing your synopsis is that it should serve as a strong marketing tool for selling your finished work. When composing a synopsis, you want to invite readers in for the most captivating moments. Go through each chapter and pick out the most significant points. From there, you are able to narrow down what to include that will help you better give a strong overview of the book. Remember: keep away from the petty details that will disengage your readers and stick to the key points of your story line.
Hook ‘em in: A successful synopsis should be a basic outline of the events and characters. The first part of a successful synopsis is the Hook. This is your first impression. Your hook should be captivating and exciting because remember, publishers are sent thousands of synopsis' and your opening needs to stand out on its own.
Introduce your characters: The backbone of any story is the development and strength of your characters. Therefore, in your synopsis you want to feature what motivates them and how the central conflict will impact them.
Define the Central Conflict: Here is where you explain you concept and how your characters will interact and be changed due to the central conflict.
Climax: This is critical point in the central conflict that will cause the characters to change in some way.
Resolution: Let readers of your synopsis know how the central conflict caused your characters to change and if/how they are better or worse off because of it. By including the resolution in your synopsis, you let the publisher know you ended your story strong.
While writing a synopsis may sound simple, it is important to understand the necessary elements to include in order for it to be successful. Just remember, this is a marketing tool to introduce your story to publishers who would want to publish your work! Keep it short, sweet, and exciting. And most importantly: