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How To Write A Synopsis

When you’ve written a story you should always summaries it with a synopsis. By doing this you’re able to inform your reader of what they can expect to find and allow them to, hopefully, make the decision to carry on reading.

How To Write A Synopsis

In your synopsis you should identify what type of writing you have produced and what style you have used. For example you should say “This is an emotionally empowering autobiography…” and emphasize its most important points. Showcase your writing skills but also use simple words and phrases for clarity so your summary is easy to understand. If it’s a struggle to read then your reader definitely won’t want to read more. Your writing should be unique to you. Nobody wants to read the same story over and over again. Try and write your story in a way that sets it apart from others and has new, fresh elements that aren’t predictable.

What To Avoid

Avoid writing meaningless details or explanations. Think about how what your writing will benefit the reader and how it will make them feel. Make every word count. Don’t just copy content from your story when you’re writing your synopsis because you won’t be able to summerise the whole story and give an overview, also it will be really obvious you’ve done this.

What Your Synopsis Should Include

The main point of writing one is to give an overview of how the story will flow and unfold to reveal the ending point. Your conclusion should include what experience you have gained, a lesson learnt and if you made any resolutions or set goals after negative or positive events took place. Include details that show what kind of person you are so the reader can gain an idea of how events have affected you.

You will want to write about what you have achieved as this is probably the whole point of your story. Everyone loves to read a brilliant story about someone who started from the bottom and worked their way up to success! It’s important that you focus on making the reader finish feeling pleased and inspired. You should aim to encourage them to feel hopeful that they too can do great things and accomplish what you have.

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Format

We recommend that you begin with a strong paragraph that identifies your setting and problem/conflict. The next one should tell the reader about the big plot turn and how it affects you, the main character and any other relevant ones. In the last paragraph you should write about how conflict resolved and made improvements. Remember to write in the order that you did in your story, for example mention characters in the order you introduced them. This represents your story clearly and prevents any confusion. Your Synopsis should be 500-700 words to ensure you include every important detail that will help your audience decide whether or not they want to read your story.

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