If this isn't allowed, please let me know or take it right down. I'm still working on my synopses, but I have a burning question!
I'm writing a dual timeline novel. It is an alternating structure, in before/after/before/after all the way through the novel
Before the murder - narrative first person POV After the murder - non narrative (transcripts, audio recordings, messages etc)
My question is, in the synopsis, should I be summarising the 'after' chapter e.g "police interview audio recording revealing blah blah blah" or is that too much like a chapter by chapter blow by blow account? Should I stick to writing the whole synopsis in chronological order and detailing the formatting at the end? Any thoughts welcome! At the moment I'm doing both, and I think that the narrative only version is much more organic and easy to follow, but I'm worried that would seem misleading to potential mentors.
If anyone knows of any synopses I could read that might help, please share! I tried to find some for my comp novels (a line in the dark + with malice) but was unable to find summaries that helped me decide.
I know of synopsis examples you can find online but none like how you've described yours. I would just do it chronological order. Don't forget to say the ending and put in each clue that leads the detective to solve your mystery. I think you should be concerned about that the most. It sounds like the after the murder is more a "subplot" or something that's just on the side so I would just focus on the main character's journey. It would make far more sense reading in a condensed 1-page synopsis.
Since there's another question about past vs. present--I think due to limited space, you should only write about the present. I know that's like almost cutting out half of the book but in reality--anything from the past is just an info dump and back story. I know it seems integral to your book. Any backstory is important but that's not what is most important in a synopsis. Its a beat by beat summary and the cliff notes version of your giant manuscript. Just like backstory should inform how you write your novel and characters, it should inform how you write your synopsis too.
Post by oliviahinebaugh on Sept 5, 2019 7:11:49 GMT -5
I agree that you should keeep it present. Add a sentence like "as revealed through xyz, so-and-so discovers abc" What you're demonstrating with the synopsis is that you have a story with satisfying stakes, conflict, and resolution. As much extra stuff you can cut, the better! Another good tip for keeping it simple is limiting the characters you name.