If I’m bald the next time you see me, it’s because I’m writing a synopsis for my historical romance novel, Beloved Unaware. This is my first attempt to complete a submission for an agent, and he requires a synopsis, the bane of most writers’ work.
I’ve searched the internet, read multiple articles and I have as many questions as ever. Some experts preach, “600 words, max.” I have a hard time writing about breakfast in 600 words! Others say it can be as long as seven pages. There seems to be no industry standard, but I assume I should make it as short as possible.
A tuft of hair has disappeared every time I cut a hint to a favored sub-plot, the name of my favorite secondary character, or the most emotive words of my heroine. I tighten, tighten, tighten, and pluck, pluck, pluck!
The most helpful article I read is by Caro Clark, titled, “The synopsis: what it is, what it isn’t, how to write it.” I suspect she didn’t use correct capital letters in her title because she was brain weary from writing her own synopsis. Anyway, I highly recommend her method. It worked for me! Click on the hyperlink below and save yourself some hair.
The synopsis: what it is, what it isn’t, how to write it