Firstly let me say that yes Synopsizing is in fact a word, and while, as an Australian, I feel that the word should probably be spelled Synopsising, a google search confirmed that this was not a word so I will stick with the z!
I honestly believe that writing a synopsis has been my least favourite part of writing a novel, even editing takes preference! How on Earth am I meant to get my 95000 word novel and summarise it down to just 200 words?… Yes that’s right 200 words! And not only does it need to be brief but it needs to sell my story, let the reader know what the story is about, the tone of the book, and be catchy enough that they remember it after having read hundreds of other synopses.
I currently have about 10 different synopses, of varying length and style – anywhere between the dreaded 200 words up to 2 pages, floating around on my computer and to be honest I am not completely happy with any of them.
So as a consequence, esteemed reader, I am asking for your help. Below is my latest attempt at the 200 word version of a synopsis for my novel ‘THE ANKHARI’. The book is a young adult romantic fantasy, and while I appreciate the fact that none of you have read my novel with hinder the process somewhat, any advise that you may have for me would be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to your comments – constructive or otherwise.
The Exasperated Novelist.
When Anderson Morgan, a perpetually ordinary 17-year old from small town Minnesota, discovers that she is a member of The Ankhari, a clandestine group distinguished by the possession of supernatural powers, her world, understandably, is turned upside down. It doesn’t help matters that the bearer of this news is the astoundingly handsome Nate Callahan, who is not only a member of this secret society himself but who also, quite inexplicably, seems to be interested in Anderson as more than just a friend. For Anderson this is just the beginning of her problems. Her power of teleportation, which at first seemed so extraordinary, provides an unassailable barrier to the development of a physical relationship with Nate. Then, when her father is kidnapped by a group claiming to be a resurrection of The Sajra, the ancient enemy of The Ankhari, Anderson and Nate must follow a cryptic set of clues that take them on an epic journey to an abandoned mine in Wollongong, Australia. In a final battle of wills Anderson must discover her true inner strength and take the first steps towards the fulfillment of her destiny.