|Greetings! Here is your third and last review in exchange for the payment of gift points. I chose to rate and review "Fiction: Writing the Synopsis" because, firstly, it didn’t have an review; secondly, I liked the subject.
You Wrote: A synopsis is an abridgment, an outline or a short presentation of any written work. A synopsis is necessary to tell an editor what the book is about and if its progression is reasonable. In some cases, an outline for a written-to-be work can aid the synopsis later. In other words, while the writer is outlining the plot, he may also be writing the synopsis. As usual, your first paragraph was very good. Great work!
You Wrote: The synopsis is usually written from the omniscient point of view and in present tense, but I like to write the pre-planned version of the story from any one of the characters point of view. That’s a very good idea! When I wrote my synopsis, I never thought of trying to first write it from the main character’s view.
You Wrote: Check out the tone of your synopsis. Does it match the book’s tone? If the tone of the book is light, the tone of the synopsis should be light, too, and if the tone of the writing is dark or serious, the synopsis should match that. All throughout this, you offered some good tips. This was one that was also good.
You Wrote: If there is a secondary plotline, write it, too, but if only it has an effect on the main story. Suggestion: Leave out the comma between write it and too.
You Wrote: From the start, it is a good idea to keep a notebook next to the computer or have notepad open on the computer for planning purposes. Suggestion: Put an a between have and notepad.
You Wrote: The actual synopsis format should be typed in traditionally accepted fonts such as Courier, Arial, or Times New Roman. On the upper left hand of each page should be “Synopsis of #title of the book#” by #author’s name# and #the word count#. Were the # signs supposed to be quote marks? Anyway, this is what I read online elsewhere, about the certain types of font to use. Lulu, the publishing company I am going to use, states about eight different fonts that are allowed, and these are three of them.
You Wrote: A one page synopsis can be single spaced with indented paragraphs. The rule of the thumb is: with detailed synopses, the accepted practice is one double-spaced page of synopsis for each 10,000 words, if the writer has 30,000 words in his work, he would have a three page synopsis. To sum it up, keeping the synopsis short, to the point, and in respectable form attracts the attention of the editors. I like how you began and ended this factual essay! This was very good.
Overall: 5.0 / 5.0 stars. The mistakes were very, very few—I only counted three—and I found no errors at all in the substance or main content. However, I do have a question: is this really fiction, since you titled it Fiction: Writing The Synopsis? Otherwise, great work! I enjoyed reading this. Take care, and have a great week!
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