Writing the dreaded synopsis! Keep focused!

Ok… this is JUST what the doctor ordered. I know writers usually only worry about the dreaded synopsis AFTER they’ve completed their manuscript, but in my case I need to prepare one in readiness for some potential meetings coming up when, if I’m lucky to secure a slot or two with some agents at the RNA conference, they require a synopsis plus your first few chapters, or around the first 5000 words, BEFORE the actual conference takes place so can talk to us about our WIP!

So, deep breath. I hope don’t waver all over the place like this wall, but I do need to create one for my debut.
It now has a working title by the way – THE KEY TO VERONA.

I’m grateful today to find this brilliant blog post by ALISON WILLIAMS all about synopsis writing – looks like I need to follow her for all the other great advice she gives about writing on her other posts!

Alison Williams Writing


Like writing the dreaded blurb, writing a synopsis can throw the best writers into a panic! This is something else I’ve written about before, but is definitely worth repeating.

I’ve worked with lots of writers who can compose the most beautiful prose, bring scenes to vivid life, make me care about their characters, keep me turning the page, but these same writers find one thing almost impossible to do – they can’t write a synopsis.

What is it about a synopsis that has so many writers struggling? It doesn’t seem to matter how great a writer you are, there’s just something about condensing your masterpiece down into one or two sides of A4 that strikes fear into a writer’s heart.

And I think that’s the issue. As authors, we spend so long on our books, every last detail is important to us. A synopsis asks us to get to the…

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