12 Baby Steps to a Complete Story: Synopsis

A Pen In Each Hand

So you have an idea, but you don’t know where to start… and the end seems so far away it might as well be on Pluto. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Follow the 12 Baby-Steps to a Complete Story and you’ll be on your way. Each month, we’ll post a new exercise. Do each month’s exercise and by the end of the year, you’ll have a polished story (or personal essay, if you prefer non-fiction) ready to submit!

The time-line here is designed for a short piece of writing, not a book, but if you’d like to do it with a novel idea, you’re welcome to. If you’d just like to do the exercises as practice, and use different pieces for each exercise, that’s fine too. Adapt the exercises any way you like. There are no rules, just ideas.

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September: Synopsis
Exercise #9

Write a ONE paragraph synopsis that explains what your story is about. Keep it brief (no more than 5-10 sentences/100-150 words) and make it interesting. A person reading this paragraph should be hooked – they should want to read your story.

Have someone read it who hasn’t read your story and doesn’t know what it’s about. What’s their reaction? You may want to try this with more than one person. Incorporate any suggestions into your synopsis, then post and ask for feedback on it. Polish your synopsis using the suggestions you receive.

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