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And let me point out that there are very different recommendations regarding the style and purposes of a synopsis, differences so striking that the two camps might as well be discussing different pieces of writing.
On one side is the idea that the synopsis is a tease, a draw to get the proper persons agents, editors, contest judges to want to read the full story. They direct the writer to include the story arc as well as major character arcs. What this turns into is a mini-version of your story with the same feel and word choices and emotional impact.
The emphasis here is not on how you write but truly on what happens in the story. One popular agent who offers online tips to writers is a proponent of this style. Think of this group as wanting to cut to the chase.
Is it any wonder writers look on writing one with dread? But you can do it. Writers do it every day.
Even with the disagreements among professionals who deal with manuscripts and synopses every day, keep in mind that there are some absolutes.
Start with the commonalities and write your synopsis. Make a decision and send the submission. But I mean it. Make it the best you can. Have others read it. And then start submitting. Keep in mind that proponents of neither style are looking for a laundry list of common actions or setting details.
No one is looking for a play-by-play.
Think in terms of meaningful events rather than common actions. Teach yourself how to look at the big picture of your own stories.
This is what the reader of a synopsis, of either style, wants to know. For both styles, make your summary engaging. A synopsis, at its most basic, is a summary of your story. Yes, you have to spell out what happens at the end.
Agents and publishers need to know that you can end the story. They need to know what the end is. They need to know that. You can point out character growth or character insights; both can be more important for character-driven stories than for plot-driven ones.
For the synopsis that flows in the story style, consider the synopsis as your bait. Infuse your synopsis with life. Create images to be seen and emotions to be felt. Then Tom robs the bank.The dictionary definition of ‘synopsis’ (derived from the Ancient Greek meaning) is ‘a brief description of the contents of something’.
The purpose of a synopsis is to inform a literary agent or publisher of the type of book you are writing/have written in a concise, appealing fashion, conveying that you are in command of your subject matter.
Screenplay Synopsis Template. Screenplay title and genre. Logline. Here you would add a short, but captivating, summary of your screenplay's plot. This should be no more than two sentences long.
I think one of the greatest advantages of writing a synopsis is to clarify thinking about the story or script or any other form of writing. This is an opportunity to find inconsistencies, learn if your story really is compelling, identify needed changes and much more. You know, I wrote a synopsis for my unpublished novel, and I hated every paragraph of it 🙂 It’ll do, I just hated writing it. Writing a synopsis is like telling your friend about the movie you saw last night, in exhaustive detail. • Write your synopsis paragraphs so anyone can understand your story. • Try to convince your reader that your story is interesting and would make a great movie. • Include a sentence or two about your ending scenes. • Let your voice or style come through in your synopsis.
Your synopsis is there to outline your plot and to demonstrate a clear story arc, a satisfying ending. It’s your tool to make someone read on. That said, synopses aren’t blurbs. A synopsis is your pitch to agents, who’ll pitch to publishers – the sellers.
Later comes a blurb for readers – the consumers. Writers hate writing synopses. Some find the idea of a synopsis daunting because they have spent the last two years writing a book. Others find the idea distasteful because it is less about the art of writing and more about the business of writing.
Well, it's time for some tough love. But if I’m on the fence about a play already and it’s clear it’s not formatted properly because the writer didn’t know how to format a play—it’s easier to disregard that writer’s play. It’s ultimately the writing, not the formatting that rules the play out.
Screenplay Synopsis Template.
Screenplay title and genre. Logline. Here you would add a short, but captivating, summary of your screenplay's plot.
This should be no more than two sentences long.