A Basic Guide to Writing Synopses

By Theresa Rizzo 2007


A synopsis is a brief summary of the novel that provides key information about the characters, plot and conflict.




I typically start with a premise—or log line.  A two sentence little blurb to hook the agent/editor, introduce the main plot, key conflict, and characters, then progress by introducing the main character, what her goal is and why she can’t immediately attain it (conflict).  Then we move into the action of the story, but while hitting the highlights of the plot, it’s important to remember to tell the motivation and how the protagonist feels about and is affected by the things that happen in the story.