The Pressures of Success

WRW members recently shared tips and resources for writing a synopsis.

Tips

* The three-page requirement is usually a maximum page length.  Editors don’t want to read more than 3 pages of synopsis.

* Shorter is okay; in fact, editors usually appreciate shorter better than longer.

* The key items are to show the story premise, the characters’ conflict, and the resolution.

 

Articles and Websites

The Seven Paragraph Synopsis by Hope Ramsay: http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/writing-comedy/

Writing a Dynamic Synopsis by Vivi Andrews: http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/writing-a-dynamic-synopsis/

The Synopsis is Your Friend by Shoshana Brown: http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/the-synopsis-is-your-friend/

Pitching 101 by Amanda Brice: http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/pitching-101-2/

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-secret-to-writing-dreaded.html

http://meredithbond.com/blog/for-writers-2/synopsis-how-to

http://lisagardner.com/writers-toolbox  (Scroll down to the lectures.)

Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet from his book Save the Cat.  If you don’t have the book, he has a ‘tools’ download on his site:   http://www.blakesnyder.com/tools/

Michael Hague’s turning points/stages.  If you don’t have the bookmark, he might have it on his Story Mastery website: http://www.storymastery.com/

 

WRW Yahoo Group Files (WRW membership required for access)

http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WRWmembers/files (Look for “Diane’s Synopsis Formula”.  It has an example in it.)