How can we develop a good synopsis of our work so we can easily and naturally communicate the value of our writing to our prospective audience? When you are talking about creating a synopsis of your work, it would be a good idea to put on your marketing hat for a few minutes.
You’re competing in the marketplace of ideas and stories, and the people that you’re competing with are great storytellers. You want your audience to understand why they should be interested in the things that you’re writing.
In the last article, we talked about how to understand who your audience is and how to create a personality profile of your perfect reader -- your reader persona. Now let’s talk about how to craft the message that will get them interested and why they will be interested in what you’re writing.
Jim is writing a book about “The Making of a Warrior.” A book is likely to be 300 to 400 pages and contain a ton of information. Let’s think about Stephen, the retired police Lieutenant. What are the points in “Making of a Warrior” that will resonate with his interests? You want to capture your audience’s attention and begin with something that will compel them to read more.
Keeping Stephen in mind, what could we write as the challenge to peak his interest?
The Making of a Warrior
A warrior’s heart is forged in training and tested in battle, but the struggle never ends. Be there at the foundation of his journey and learn what drives this warrior to selfless sacrifice and dedication. See battle through his eyes and how survival against all odds really feels. There is much more to a warrior than war. See what it takes to become a warrior, how he gets through the battle, and uncover the lasting effects of trauma and war, and how this warrior is forever changed.
This is something that might get his attention. This approach can also help focus your writing and how you approach the story. Your synopsis must:
You should also think about how to capture your reader’s attention with the very first line of your book. I love how many times the very first line in a novel captures the essence of the entire book. Classic novel beginnings are often works of art in themselves. They capture your attention and make you to want to read the rest of the book.
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