I once had a synopsis rejected because I gave too many details. I’ve tried to improve my writing through classes and joining critique & writing groups. This is what I discovered.
According to Writers’ Digest: A synopsis conveys the narrative arc, an explanation of the problem or plot, the characters, and how the novel ends. It summarizes what happens and who changes from beginning to the end of the story. It ensures character actions and motivations are realistic and makes sense.
- Begin with a strong paragraph, identifying the protagonist, conflict, and setting.
- Convey major plot turns or twists
- How are conflicts resolved?
- Is your plot cliché or predictable? Strive for unique or fresh elements to set your story apart from things agents have seen already.
- Avoid wordiness and overdone descriptions
- Don’t include every character or event in your synopsis, only the important ones
- Include the main character’s feelings and emotions to advance the plot and story
- Don’t write your synopsis like a book cover. Yes, it’s your selling point, but a synopsis is a summary of your novel.
- Also limit your synopsis to one to two pages
I hope this helps.