I know what you’re thinking. Dannie has lost her mind. It’s not December yet. It’s not even November yet. I haven’t written one word of this manuscript (unless I’m a dirty, dirty cheater) and this hooker wants me to write a synopsis?
Yes. Yes I do.
You’ve done a shit ton of planning and plotting. You’ve written a short pitch. You’ve identified the major moments of your book. You know where you’re going and roughly how you’re getting there.
And if you participated in yesterday’s beat sheet post, you’ve basically already written your synopsis. You just need to make it pretty.
You’ll notice this post is ‘attempt a synopsis’. You’re still not committed to anything. And there’s this awesome key on your keyboard called ‘delete’ and another one called ‘backspace’ that allows you to take it all back if you so choose.
But today we’re going to attempt to summarize your story—in as much or as little detail as you wish.
Who is your MC? What does he want? What stands in his way? What are the stakes? How does he fail? How does he become a hero of action? How does it all come together (or not) at the end?