What I Learned Writing My First Synopsis
By Kristen Painter
Thatâ€™s right, I said it. Synopsis. That torturous bit of prose full of spoilers and lacking all the fabulous detail we work so hard to perfect. As it turns out, itâ€™s not that awful. Once itâ€™s done.
The synopsis really can be a valuable tool, even to a pantser like me. Sure I know my opening, some events along the way and the happily ever after but what assurance does that give me that my plot is strong? Will there be holes? A sagging middle? Too little conflict? I have since learned writing a synopsis can answer those questions.
A synopsis is really like a map. It guides you through your story. Of course, you will probably deviate from it a bit (who hasnâ€™t taken a side road because you saw a sign for some interesting little shop?) and thatâ€™s okay. Ultimately, it gets you where youâ€™re going.