If writing an ordinary synopsis is hell, why know your one-sentence synopsis and why have one?
For me, it’s a summary of my theme and a brilliant place to begin a synopsis if the need arises. It gives me the essence of the book, which keeps me on-topic if I begin to ramble:
‘Is This Love?‘ is about the different qualities of love.
‘Want to Know a Secret?‘ is about money and family, and who thinks which is most important.
‘Dream a Little Dream‘ is about finding a new dream when the old dream crumbles.
A one-sentence synopsis can also form the first part of an elevator pitch to agents/editors. Then:
- Add to the one sentence a category that sums it up: It’s a quest. It’s a reunion story.
- Something about tone is useful, too: It’s lighthearted. It’s gritty.
- If appropriate, mention the message: Be careful what you wish for.
Formulating a one-sentence synopsis is a handy habit to get into. It can even help you sum up your book up for journalists when you’re a bestselling author and they’re queuing on the phone for interviews!