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Offline Angeleyes

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Writing a Synopsis
« on: January 18, 2006, 06:11:24 AM »
Does anyone know how long a synopsis should be? I'm trying to condense my childrens novel down, but I feel like I'm writing most of it again. How much is enough? ( should I do it chapter by chapter?) Any thoughts would be great! Thanks.

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Re: Writing a Synopsis
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2006, 07:10:40 AM »
Hi Ann

If you're doing this as part of a proposal for an agent or publisher, I'd try to keep it to a single page, or two at most (you would then submit this with one or two sample chapters and a covering letter).

I wouldn't recommend dividing the synopsis into chapters. This is a chapter breakdown, which is really a different thing (and may be asked for at a later stage). Your synopsis should sum up the main points of the story as succinctly as possible, so that whoever reads it can get a quick idea of the genre, characters, plot and so on.

That's my advice anyway  :)

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Re: Writing a Synopsis
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2006, 08:25:36 AM »
Thanks Nick.  Great advice (again) I'll try what you said.
                     
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Re: Writing a Synopsis
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2006, 08:33:52 AM »
On the Review page is my synopsis of First and Last Outpost - have a look Ann

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Lin

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Re: Writing a Synopsis
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2006, 09:05:07 AM »
I've just had a look, as you suggested. All I can say is that there is certainly a lot for me to learn, but reading everyone elses comments is eye opening. What a great writers circle is this !! Thanks again.
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Re: Writing a Synopsis
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2006, 12:44:53 PM »
Hi Ann,

I sometimes think that writing a synopsis is harder than writing the novel itself!  With a novel I can let my words flow, with the synopsis I have to think about what I have just written.

That's what we are here for,  to help you learn, but I think the idea is to get stuck in there and see what you come out with.  Your spelling and grammar checker in Mircosoft Word are helpful when you start, its just a case of picking out what you like, reading what you like and learning from other authors, their style and content.   Give yourself time Ann and stick with it. 

Lin
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Re: Writing a Synopsis
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2006, 12:53:03 PM »
Thanks for your comments Lin. Glad I'm not the only one who finds this difficult! I'm still working on it.
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