Synopsis Writing

Footnotes: 8 Articles on Synopsis Writing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Writing a good synopsis for your novel or memoir can be one of the hardest and most frustrating things we have to do as writers. Today I’m serving up...

The “Punch-Drunk Love” Synopsis

This time it's Punch-Drunk Love, my second attempt at a "literary fiction" story. The female lead here, Lena, is somewhat bland, so the synopsis rests on showing the strange-yet-likeable nature of Barry, and explaining his arc, because it is a big one.

The “Gladiator” Synopsis

This time it's Gladiator. A story like this is big and bold, so you have to keep it moving. You can't spend too much time detailing historical locations or anything like that. Garden variety example: Before Maximus meets Commodus in the Colosseum, he is reenacting a specific battle from the past....

The “Flight of the Navigator” Synopsis

This time it's Flight of the Navigator. In book terms, this would be considered fun middle grade, considering the protagonist is 12. More specifically, it would probably be a science fiction adventure. Concerning this synopsis, I cut all out mentions that Max's home planet was called Phaelon. I cut all info...

The “Proof of Life” Synopsis

This time it's Proof of Life, a good example of a thriller/action story. Look at what this synopsis does right. I like how the story starts quickly. Alice is a big character and she is unhappy with her situation. Her husband is kidnapped and the story is in motion. The climax...

The Essential Parts of a Novel Synopsis

1. The Opening Hook You must start strong with the novel synopsis. Agents and editors want to be engaged when they're up at night, plowing through submissions. If they don't like the opening, they won't get through the rest of it.

The “Starman” Synopsis

Now, while wasting some time on Wikipedia the other day, I came across the page for the 1984 sci-fi movie, Starman. I've heard of the movie, sure, but never seen it. Anyway, upon reading the plot, I was captivated - and wanted to show you an example of an excellent...

How to Write a Novel Synopsis

- First of all, synopses have a specific format. They begin on a new page and should have all your contact information in the upper left corner of the first page. Just below your contact info, centered, should be the book’s title, its genre and your name. - The body of the...

Crafting a Novel Synopsis

If you write a novel and want to sell it, you’ll need a good synopsis to hook a literary agent. A synopsis, simply put, is a long summary of your fictional story, detailing the events and characters.