I hate synopsis writing! But it is the second most important part of a book, after the cover. I have read good books with bad synopses, but many times I’ll put a book down if the summary doesn’t grab me.
Writing a synopsis is torture for me, too, because it makes me feel like a car salesman (sorry if I am knocking any car salesmen out there!). But it really is the first glimpse of your work a potential reader will get. Then there is the book-jacket synopsis versus the Inkshares synopsis. These can (and often are) written in a completely different tone and voice.
I approach the synopsis the same way I approach my writing: get it all out, then edit judiciously. Before I am done, I will usually have different length versions - a half page (book jacket version), a one page, and sometimes a two to three page version.
In general, stick to your most critical plot points - the details are meant to be in the story, not the summary (What’s the problem? And what’s the consequence if that problem doesn’t get resolved?). Don’t introduce multiple characters (more than three) unless they are super important to your plot points. And (I am guilty of this one), don’t end your summary in a question.
Hope that helps take some of the pain away.
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