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Using Rhetorical Questions in Your Synopsis?


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#1 kellyann

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 09:04 AM

I think I read or heard someplace you should not use openended questions in your sypnosis i.e. Is it fate? Was it the giant chili cheese dog she ate?

Any comments? :laugh: that is not a rhetorical question...
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Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:21 AM

Kellyann,

The purpose of the synopsis is to lay out the events of your book. This is when you disclose your plot, your MC's successes and failures along the way and the ultimate outcome. Agents/editors want to know that your story arc makes sense.

It's when we also disclose that twist at the end that sends chills up our spines! It may seem counterintuitive to spill the beans like this, but that is the essence of a synopsis.

Questions will not serve any of those purposes.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 03:04 PM

Kellyann,

The purpose of the synopsis is to lay out the events of your book. This is when you disclose your plot, your MC's successes and failures along the way and the ultimate outcome. Agents/editors want to know that your story arc makes sense.

It's when we also disclose that twist at the end that sends chills up our spines! It may seem counterintuitive to spill the beans like this, but that is the essence of a synopsis.

Questions will not serve any of those purposes.

Best luck!


Great advice, Cat! I was wondering this myself as I have been working on my own synposis. Thanks for making it a bit clearer!:happy:
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:49 AM

Is there anywhere on this site (or another site that you'd recommend) on the processes of writing a synopsis? I have mine started (it's not great) and I've been looking online but all the adivce I've found seems... conflicting. Any help would be appericated!

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 09:46 AM

Is there anywhere on this site (or another site that you'd recommend) on the processes of writing a synopsis? I have mine started (it's not great) and I've been looking online but all the adivce I've found seems... conflicting. Any help would be appericated!


Almost any advice you will get in the area of writing can, and will be conflicting. It is a convoluted calling with a core of "rules."

It becomes especially so when you notice that others will make it by breaking those rules, from time to time. Here are a couple of good links, but the best advice I can think of is to learn all you can about the 'rules', get them correct, then don't be afraid to bend them a bit. :wink:

5 Steps to Writing A Synopsis

Tips About How To Write a Synopsis from Fiction Writer's Connection

Hope these help a bit, Silver.

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