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    synopsis

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by zaffy, Apr 14, 2011.

    Are there any rules to writing a synopsis? Is it okay to leave lesser characters and events out?
     
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    Yes you just include main characters and main plotline. How long is the synopsis you need ?
     
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    400 words
     
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    In which case just mention MC, main conflict and main storyline - there isn't room for anything else. Also do you have your one sentence summary ?

    Are you in the UK I can't remember ?
     
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    other than to write it in simple declarative present tense, there are rigid rules only for a screenplay synopsis... for fiction, it's much more up to the writer...

    that depends on how long a synopsis is required... for a 1-2 pg, that would be ok... for a medium [3-5 pg] to long one [6-10 pg], probably not...
     
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    For a four hundred word synopsis, I would suggest leaving out pretty much everything but the core storyline and the characters most involved in it (the protagonist and antagonist, likely).
     
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    Elgaisma, I'm glad that you mentionated the once sentence summary of this. I thought I was the only one who was crazy to tell someone else about this, but she thought I was just being crazy too.

     
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    That's for me to know and you to not know.
    I googled how to write a synopsis since I don't know how to write one..ha..and found this. hope it helps :)
     
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    I seem to remember you are in the UK - in which case most agents refer you back to the Writers and Artists Yearbook - some have their own requirements. The UK agents often have very helpful websites giving bullet point requirements for synopsis and covering letter (it isn't called a query here). Don't google it most sites are not relevant for a UK agent/publisher even down to the font suggested being wrong.

    I have found the yearbook invaluable in putting my submissions together.
     

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