Wipe Your Tears Authors. Here's A Guide On Simplifying Your Synopsis So It's Not Difficult To Write.
If I’m quiet enough, I can even hear the tears of thousands of authors crying about the synopsis that they must write for their book. There was once a time that I had difficulty flushing out a perfect summary of the book I’d just written, too. But, after I’d written my sixth synopsis or so, things began to change. I’m a strategist at heart, always trying to find the easier way or less complicated way to do things. Writing my synopsis was no different. I’m about to list some of my top hacks to writing a synopsis with ease!
A synopsis is a summary or general survey of something. It can be found, at the back of the book, on your Amazon page, or anywhere you need to put a description of your book. The importance of a synopsis is for one, it’s your sales pitch.
Think like a salesman.
With your synopsis being your second point of sale - after the cover in most instances - it's imperative that you nail it. Become the salesman that you couldn't resist purchasing from.
Give it the IT factor.
The synopsis also serves as the “It” factor. It sets the standard and tone of your publication. It is much like the trailer for a movie before you are set to see it. If the trailer sucks, your hope is lost and your excitement dries up. Seeing the movie is no longer in your plans and you pass it up for something that is portrayed a bit better in its previews, right? Right.
How is your trailer? At any given moment, a reader should be reader to cut to the chase and simply buy the damn book. A killer synopsis is your way of saying to them, “If my synopsis is this good, just imagine what’s on the inside.”
Write the synopsis before you write the book.
(This is where your outline comes in hand.)
I write my synopsis before I begin writing my story. I used to write my synopsis after my story was written.
However, it began to take a toll on me. After I’d written 60K plus words, 70K words, my mind was fried. I didn’t want to think about writing a synopsis. I didn’t want to write or think about another word, in fact.
I was tired of seeing my character’s name. I was tired of typing them. I was tired of talking about them. I was just exhausted. To combat the exhaustion, I began penning my synopsis after my outline was written.
Give them something, but not much, really.
A downside of writing after the book is complete is the fact that you’ve written so many words and you have so many details that you think that you need to include in your synopsis. So, summarizing becomes a problem because you’re trying to put in every little key detail into your synopsis.
You don’t have to tell then entire damn story in your synopsis. Hint at a few things, make your readers aware of a few others and leave them wondering in the end. Please… Do not tell them everything. Then, there’s no point in reading the book.
Keep it cute.
Short and sweet.
Keep in mind that a paragraph is three to five sentences. If you introduce them and describe them in one sentence, give a brief history lesson in another, then add your key point, that’s three sentences. That’s a paragraph. It doesn’t take much.
Introduce your character.
Character introductions includes telling who they are, how they look, or what’s so special about them. There’s no need to give an entire life story. Keep it simple and avoid fluff.
Toss a little history lesson in.
A brief history lesson. At least one sentence in your synopsis should speak on your character's history.
Immediately, you want your audience to identify with them. You want to show how their past molded them into who they are today or who they are in your book. If you prefer keeping this a secret, then that is fine as well.
Mention the mashup.
How do their stories entangle? At what point do they meet? What is so special about their connection and why is their connection intriguing enough to read an entire book about? Points like these make up for great story details in your synopsis and makes the entire story idea sound yummy to the readers.
Conclude with the conflict or suspense.
The last point of the structure is ending in suspense. You will be very smart to end your synopsis in suspense. This factor keeps your reader inquiring. “What?! What happened? What’s going to happen?” Are usually the questions they are asking and only the book will tell.
That is four points to be made when writing your synopsis, which generally amounts to at least three to four paragraphs. That is all you need for a synopsis. There’s no need to drag this out. They have an entire book to read from you. Let the readers figure out the rest themselves by flipping the pages and seeing what is inside.
If you want to deep dive into the topic of writing a synopses, then click below. There’s an entire downloadable eBook waiting for you. In this eBook, you will find several templates for you to plug and play. This is the easiest synopsis writing will get, trust me. I’ve done all of the work for you. Just plug in your character and story information.