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#1 tibby

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 02:23 PM

I found these links helpful when writing my synopsis. Maybe they will help someone else.

This one has lots of links, mostly for romance novels, but they can be used for any type. It includes a bunch of successful synopses as well.
http://www.charlotte...m/synopsis.html

A one step at a time link
http://www.writing-w.../synopsis.shtml

Hope this can help anyone struggling (like I was) with a first draft! :biggrin:
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:20 AM

Nice links, Tibby.

I'm adding one. It's short, but I think it gives the down and dirty of how to build the bones without too much stress.

http://deareditor.co...hoppy-synopsis/

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 09:19 AM

I found this article by Chuck Sambuchino to be very helpful, not sure if I got it from here or not but it was something I was familiar with and helped me with my synopsis.
It is the synopsis from the movie "Ransom"

http://www.guidetoli...m Thriller.aspx

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:31 PM

May I say, you guys are angels for posting these links.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:10 PM

Thanks you all! This is exactly what I was searching for!

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 12:21 AM

Here's some points i gleaned from the links

  • · You CAN tell, not just show here.

    · Present tense!

    · What your book is ABOUT - not how things happen.

    · Show Enthusiasm! Use strong adjectives and verbs.

    · If it's not a turning point, it doesn't belong in the synopsis.

    · Can include snippets of dialogue or quote briefly from the novel itself.

    · Show the character's emotions and motivations, those points that explain why a character does something, but keep it brief.

    · If the setting is exotic, inject a taste of it into the synopsis, but else minimize.

    · Don't know what to cut? Lose the adjectives and adverbs; keep the motivation and "flavour" of the story.

    · The first time you use a character's name in the synopsis, type it in CAPITAL letters, the first time only.

    · MOTIVATION, CONFLICT, and GOALS

    · ACTION, REACTION, and a DECISION

    · CRISIS and RESOLUTION


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Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:40 AM

Very helpful! Thanks for taking the time to share :)
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 03:15 PM

Thanks for the post guys!!
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 01:56 PM

I've dreaded the synopsis from the very beginning. These links are truly a lifesaver - Thank you. :smile:

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:52 PM

So okay - I get it. I really really get...
Head hits keyboard five times before MSW (MAD SYNOPSIS WRITER)gets up, Motivated by need to scream, but Conflicted by her tendency towards adult behavior codes, she Reacts to cat by conversing with cat in cat language and Decides against all primal desires to start again - but this time... with attitude.
Seriously, helpful! :tongue:
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:35 PM

Here is a great one...

http://letthewordsfl...-page-synopsis/

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:29 PM

Excellent links! Thanks :smile:
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 07:53 PM

The synopsis has been somewhat of a mystery to me. Maybe mystery is the wrong word. Just haven't had the courage to tackle it yet until now. Thanks for the great links!!

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:22 PM

http://www.how-to-wr...a-synopsis.html This one was tremendous for helping me organize my thoughts

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 04:26 PM

Here's a nice, easy guide from Marg Gilks I found helpful. http://writing-world.../synopsis.shtml

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 04:41 PM

After synthesizing the information received here, the synopsis is no longer a mystery.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:59 PM

These are GREAT links! Thanks to everyone who shared them.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:06 PM

great links! I have just started the synopsis struggle and these are invaluable.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 02:14 PM

I honestly didn't even think about a synopsis and now that i think about it, I didn't know about one until I accidently hit this forum. At first i thought what the heck are these. Now well, i'm a bit nervous still but a lot more confident thank you all.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:22 PM

I hope my 5pg synopsis was good enough when I last sent it off. I lost it in an accidental save-over and didn't realize it until days later. :sad: I have a 3pger I need to work on.

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