Do you know how to write a synopsis or summary?

I’ve got about ten different ones written different summaries, synopsis or whatever for the same WIP. Yes, you heard right. I don’t like any of them, but I keep trying. 

That’s why I was so excited to read this post today. 

I loved how Bridget from Now Novel, has a no-nonsense approach to writing a synopsis. 

Hand slap to the forehead, KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) Jean.

Sometimes I need to be reminded to stop adding purple prose and keep to the facts.

Remember the synopsis is the appetizer, a teaser, something to tantalize the would be reader. Not a the CliffNotes version. If you tell them too much, they may not have an incentive to read the book. 

Stick to the facts, sprinkle with a tiny bit of spice, so the synopsis won’t be bland, and stir lightly. 

Now go read Bridget’s post and see if these 9 Tips help you any. 

How to write a book synopsis better: 9 tips

Okay, got it! 

What about a summary?

Where and what do I do with a summary? Do I even need a summary? If so, for what? 

What’s the difference between a summary or a synopsis?

Check out this video for more info on both!

Should this particular book, with the 10-12 synopsis floating around in my computer, ever make its way to publication, I’ll let y’all know. 

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21 thoughts on “Do you know how to write a synopsis or summary?

  1. You said, “dick,” “douchebag,” “shit,” and “fuck.” I am sooo offended. No, that’s not right. I meant to say, “I love it!” Okay, now getting serious: You are wasting your time writing books. Your video was so goddamn entertaining. Informative, yes, but I consider that a side benefit. You are a great fuckin’ talker. Good job!

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    1. Andrew, I’m so flattered but unfortunately I can’t take the compliment meant for Jenna Moreci. LOL she is the talented (and much younger) lady responsible for the video. But you did give me an idea. I’m going to watch ALL of her videos over and over until I can mimic her success. Hmm, but gotta figure out a way to camouflage my fucking wrinkles. LOL


  2. Absolutely LOVED the video! It’s fun but also very informative. I’ve never really know the difference between a summary and a synopsis. Thought they were kind of the same thing.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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