I have to admit right off the bat I am no expert on writing a synopsis.
I come to it more from a screenwriter/playwrite point of view. I have had a few conversations with my brother about it and I am about to dive in. Here is the way I understand it at this point, my 5 steps to writing a synopsis…
- remove your emotions.
- make an action sequence list–this happens then this happens. He goes to school, the bully beats him up, he ends up in detention, the bully walks away, etc.
- write a character breakdown for each character: who they are, relationship to protagonist and antagonist, and what they want. You could throw in physical descriptions but that is up to you.
- Make sure it is a list of what happened in order so you can see what happens, not why or how just the what.
- Make a timeline and a graph to see if I have enough conflict and enough growth.
I have no idea if this is “right” or “correct.”
This is simply my next step. I have to get out of my book, reading it, rewriting it, and take a cold hard look at what is going on in it. I have to make sure I am enough of both God and the devil that I have made a good story.
Then I send it off to Beau, my brother, who will not worry at all about treating me with kid gloves but will actually critique the story. To tell the truth I am both excited and horrified at the prospect of what he will think! If you want a glimpse into our relationship take a look at our youtube videos…https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Angelique+L%27Amour+and+Beau+L%27Amour
There are three all together but that is the search page.
Good Luck with your synopsis and please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or comments! I love comments! If you have your own 5 steps to writing a synopsis let me know please.