How to write the dreaded synopsis
Writing a one-page synopsis for my fantasy novel has been more challenging than writing the synopsis for my memoir. Some of the questions I’ve had include how much of my fantasy world do I describe? How much of the plot should I cover? Should I include any of my protagonist’s subplots?
Maybe you’re facing this challenge too. I found helpful posts from other fantasy authors to share:
How to Write a Fantasy Trilogy Synopsis by Glenda Larke helped me realize that my fantastical bits weren’t going to make much sense in a quick summary, so I decided to focus more on characters and less on world-building.
Writing the Dreaded Synopsis by Hilari Bell isn’t geared specifically toward fantasy, but she did answer my question about how much of the plot to include.
And, then, just for fun, you can take this Fantasy Novelist’s Exam to see if you pass or not. Fortunately, I didn’t answer “yes” to any of the questions.