Writing the Fiction Synopsis

Writing the Fiction Synopsis

by Pam McCutcheon

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Overview

Never dread a synopsis again! Pam McCutcheon, multi-published author and acclaimed guru of the synopsis, guides you step-by-step through the process of creating the synopsis you need to understand your novel and market your manuscript.



Updated and revised, this second edition is organized as an interactive workbook using extensive examples and worksheets to help you create and understand:



What a synopsis is and why you need one



What to put in your synopsis, what to leave out, and why



How to include plot and character development in your synopsis



How to add tone, mood, and considerations important to your genre



Three methods to start your synopsis



The key to a good synopsis



How to write a back cover blurb



How to use the plotting board to build your synopsis



"Bravo! Pam McCutcheon has decoded the synopsis! Writing the Fiction Synopsis is packed with useful information helpful to both the professional and novice writer. I wish I'd had this informative book years ago. Writing the Fiction Synopsis is a must-have tool for all writers. Pam McCutcheon has given a writers a cure for the synopsis headache." -- Maggie Osborne, award-winning author of more than 40 books



"I'd been to Pam McCutcheon's online workshop on synopsis and found it really helpful, so I bought this book, too. (Watch out everyone, I'm going to gush.) This is by far the best book I've ever seen on writing a synopsis!! And like you and many others, I've gone nuts trying to get my

synopsis to say what it needs to say in an interesting and concise way without making it a yawner. I'm also one of those authors who writes a rough synopsis as a road map after I've written about 3 chapters of a book to keep me on track. This book makes it so easy. If you buy one book on writing a synopsis, buy this one." -- Lisa Mondello, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author



"Writing the Fiction Synopsis is destined to be a classic!"

-- Karen Fox, RITA-nominated romance author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611944471
Publisher: BelleBooks Inc.
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

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Writing the Fiction Synopsis: A Step by Step Approach 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
devilwrites on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a friend of mine learned I would have to write a synopsis for my Project Approval at grad school, she demanded I read this book. So I listened, bought it, and read. And I have to say, it's definitely worth the cash.McCutcheon lays out the synopsis in a very easy, step-by-step way. By breaking up the elements needed in a synopsis, and by providing worksheets so you can define those elements for your novel, it makes writing your synopsis FAR more manageable. Better still, she uses three different examples from films: An American President, Speed, and Star Wars: A New Hope, so that you can see how synopses can vary depending on your story and genre. It is fortunate that I'd already seen all three of these movies, so it made it even easier to follow along, but even if you haven't seen these films, it won't hinder your progress, I don't think.Course, I haven't done my synopsis yet. ;) Sue me, I'm a procrastinator! But I have done the worksheets--something I rarely do with these kinds of books--and I'm ready to hunker down and get the synopsis out. All the elements are there, I just have to string it together in a cohesive manner. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone in any genre (unless you write under the "literary fiction" label) to find this book and read it, especially if there's a synopsis looming on your horizon. Granted, different agents and editors have different requirements, but often, that has to do with format and length. The content remains the same, and this book will help you sort that out. I've provided the link where you can buy this book new if you want to (trust me, I understand the compulsion), but know where to look, you can probably find this used on various sites. :) I hope this is helpful to all of you novelists out there. I'm definitely glad I checked this book out. :)