Using movies as examples, the author provides preliminary, plot development, character development, and story outline worksheets. Learn how to complete the blank worksheets for your book, complete the checklist to ensure you have included the necessary elements in your synopsis, and study the long and short sample synopses provided for each movie discussed.
“Bravo! Pam McCutcheon has decoded the synopsis! Writing the Fiction Synopsis is packed with useful information helpful to both the professional and novice writer. I wish I’d had this informative book years ago. Writing the Fiction Synopsis is a must-have tool for all writers. Pam McCutcheon has given a writers a cure for the synopsis headache.”
— Maggie Osborne
Award-winning author of more than 40 books
“I’d been to Pam McCutcheon’s online workshop on synopsis and found it really helpful, so I bought this book, too. (Watch out everyone, I’m going to gush.) This is by far the best book I’ve ever seen on writing a synopsis!! And like you and many others, I’ve gone nuts trying to get my synopsis to say what it needs to say in an interesting and concise way without making it a yawner. I’m also one of those authors who writes a rough synopsis as a road map after I’ve written about 3 chapters of a book to keep me on track. This book makes it so easy. I have all three of the books at Gryphon along with a whole shelf full of reference books and I tell you, the Gryphon books blow the others away. If you buy one book on writing a synopsis, buy this one.”
— Lisa Mondello
“After several years of classes and lectures on synopses, I was totally confused. When Pam McCutcheon taught her method of writing the dreaded synopsis, it all came together and I hit the ‘aha’ response. Ms. McCutcheon makes synopsis writing easy! Every writer will benefit from this book.”
— Kathleen Wells, Ph.D.