For non-writer readers of this blog, a synopsis is a summary of a manuscript required by editors and agents. This means that a writer has to reduce an entire story to a few pages. If we were good at this, we would be songwriters, not novelists.
Here are a few links that have helped me in synopsis writing:
Writing the Tight Synopsis by Author Beth Anderson
Conquering the Dreaded Synopsis by Author Lisa Gardner
How to Write a Synopsis by Agent Nathan Bransford
I am fine-tuning the synopsis for my current Work In Progress. I changed my writing process to create the synopsis before starting a new manuscript a couple of projects ago. Writing the synopsis first and adjusting it as the story unfolds means that I don’t have this huge dreaded task waiting for me when I figuratively type The End.
If writing a book was like enjoying a multi-course meal, would the synopsis be your appetizer or the dessert?