BDN Archive – Write a Great Synopsis by Nicola Morgan – Non-fiction Review

This was originally posted by me at (no longer available) on July 25, 2013. 

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Genre & Length: Writing/Reference, 54 pages

The Blurb:

Most writers hate writing synopses. They need dread them no more. In this short ebook, Write a Great Synopsis – An Expert Guide, Nicola Morgan takes the stress out of the subject and applies calm, systematic guidance, with her renowned no-nonsense approach and laconic style.

Write a Great Synopsis covers: the function of a synopsis, the differences between outlines and synopses, dealing with requirements for different agents and publishers, finding the heart of your book, how to tackle non-linear plots, multiples themes, sub-plots and long novels, and it answers all the questions and confusions that writers have. Nicola also introduces readers to her patent Crappy Memory Tool, explains the art of crafting a 25-word pitch, and demonstrates with real examples. Gold-dust for writers at all stages.

My Thoughts

What I thought: This book has been a lifesaver to me many times over. Someone on Twitter (sadly, I don’t remember who) recommended it to me when I bemoaned the frustration of writing my first synopsis.

I would have been lost without it. I still pull this out every time I have to write a new synopsis, or when I need to revise an older one.

Seriously, especially if you’ve never written a synopsis, or if they still scare you to death, you need to read this.

Would I read this book again: Well, I just said that I read it repeatedly :D.

What do you think?

About Rebekah

Rebekah Loper writes character-driven epic fantasy featuring resilient women in trying and impossible circumstances who just want to save themselves but usually end up saving the world, often while falling in love.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (...chickens. They're chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she's not writing, she battles the Oklahoma elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.