Alrighty, you’ve finished your manuscript. You’ve written a query letter. What’s next?
The synopsis. GAH!
If you’ve been in the blogosphere for any length to time, you know advice about synopsis writing varies (as with everything else). Is it supposed to be 500 words or 5 pages? Is it supposed to be single-spaced or double? Do you indent the paragraphs?
And that’s just the format.
What about the content? Do you include just the three major plot twists, or do you give a timeline of every challenge confronting the main character? Do you take time to worldbuild? Do you describe the character’s motivations?
So many questions! So much information to distill! What’s a writer to do?
Check out tips offered by other writer’s, of course!
Bottom line: To me, a synopsis is a present-tense, blow by blow account of the major plot points. It starts off with a hook introducing your main character, his/her world, and the challenge he/she faces. The body of the synopsis details the plot points and how the main character overcomes them and/or grows. The last paragraph describes the conclusion of the story, including the ending.
Nice and simple, right?
Then why am I spending weeks working on it?! LOL!
So, dear friends, what tips have you head to make synopsis writing easier?