How to Write a Synopsis of a Book

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To write a book synopsis, give a brief summary of the major theme, mention a couple of events that happen in the story, and avoid giving too much detail about the plot. Help a reader decide whether they will like a book by writing a book synopsis with instructions from a writing instructor in this free video on writing.

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Hi I am Laura from YoungWriter' and I'm going to talk about how to write a book synopsis. A synopsis is a brief summary that gives your reader a few sentences to describe what the book is about without giving too much detail or indepth description. So you might imagine what's on the back of a book cover as kind of a synopsis. And I'm going to use as an example A Thousand Acres by James Smiley. The synopsis on the back gives you a broad idea of the theme and sort of the author's purpose without going into too much detail. And it's just enough to kind of give you, to help you decide whether you would like to read the book or not. And it sets up the story pretty nicely without giving too much away. So again this is A Thousand Acres by James Smiley just as an example. One to look at. So start with a sentence introducing the entire theme of the book. You might mention the setting and then just a couple events that happened in the story. Help you to really get an idea of what the book is about. So those are some ideas about how to write a book synopsis.


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