Hi all, I’m having a difficult time writing a synopsis for my multi POV manuscript. If I simply choose one, too much will be left out of the synopsis and I will not be accurate. If I try to write for all three, there will be no room for style or voice, it will be just straight reporting. I stopped halfway through my first draft of the synopsis when I hit about 400 words Because I felt that it was going to be way more than a page. Help!
My MS has two POVs running through, so I had the same problem when it came time to write my synopsis. This is what I suggest: write your synopsis out no matter the length, no matter the language, no matter how you think other people expect it to be. Mine ended up being 5 pages, which is much too long, but at least I had everything down. From there, I had to really figure out which plot points mattered, and what extra information I was adding that could be removed. It was painful, but you have to keep asking yourself "what is the central issue?" Not every scene is pivotal. Try to pare down the scenes that are important but not integral to understanding your novel.
I looked up movies on IMDb that were in my genre, and I read the synopses for them to see how "professional" writers explained these movies. They were shitty and convoluted and dry as sand, but they tended to only be a few paragraphs long. It was helpful.
I'll give you an example from my own synopsis:
Henry Santora tells Thomas that he's interested in using Thomas's services in order to build a new gang in the city. He offers Thomas money to work for him, but Thomas declines.
What these two sentences DON'T tell you is that Henry Santora breaks into Thomas's house and holds his lady-friend hostage (the other POV). The offer to pay money happens later, in a different scene, and there's some fighting involved. Those details are important to me as a writer, but they aren't necessary in my synopsis. All you need to know are the big points: this character wants this for this reason, but my MC says no. It was like pulling teeth to boil down so many chapters into two lines, but it can be done.
From what I've seen in the comments about the Pitch Wars synopsis, it can be more than a page.
Post by Laura Brown on Aug 17, 2018 19:12:12 GMT -5
I write romance, so I tend to have two POVs but they may intertwine more than yours. My advice is to focus on the overall plot, where things connect for your main characters. Remember, you are taking a huge step back in working on a synopsis, only put in the vital points to the story. Maybe one character ends up being a small player in the overall theme and requires less page time, that's okay. As writers we tend to be too close to the story in working on a synopsis. Have you read examples of how to write a synopsis? Those often help in figuring out directions to go.
You raise a very good point. My submission has 6 POV over 6 parts with each part covering one scene or event (36 chapters). I wrote my synopsis in third person from the main character's POV because despite having six, her POV was the story. Without her, there was no story.