Writing tips

How to write a synopsis

One thing I've noticed from the submissions we receive here at UpLit Press is that there is a lot of confusion about what is meant by a synopsis. A synopsis isn't the same as the back cover blurb. A synopsis is a summary of all the main plot points in your book, from beginning to end, including spoilers. The function of a synopsis is to let an agent or publisher know if the initial promise in your first three chapters is supported by the rest of the book. So, there's no point holding back: it has to summarise everything. And...

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What we should—and shouldn’t—learn from other writers’ writing routines

Why is everyone so obsessed with other writers’ routines? I think it’s because we all feel like we’re somehow doing it wrong and are endlessly searching for validation. Quick tip: you won’t find it. Why? Because we all do things differently. What we can learn from other authors is to feel confident in our own routine and supported by a sense of community. So, without making ourselves feel inferior or developing unrealistic expectations, how can we use other writers’ routines to discover our ideal writing routine? Be realistic A lot of the blogs you might find on this topic are...

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