Discussion in 'Query & Cover Letter Critique' started by zaffy, Apr 14, 2011.
Are there any rules to writing a synopsis? Is it okay to leave lesser characters and events out?
Yes you just include main characters and main plotline. How long is the synopsis you need ?
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 ?
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...
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).
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.
I googled how to write a synopsis since I don't know how to write one..ha..and found this. hope it helps
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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