Writing Fantasy || Premise 4 – Synopsis & Summary

The synopsis tells your readers more about the storyline. It will likely be the body of text on your back cover when it comes time to publish your book. Right now you may be unsure of the entire storyline, but practice writing it out now so you have a good base for later. You can always change it if your story changes as you’re writing. It’s usually 4-5 sentences. (Read to the end of this blog for a bonus section!)

“What is your book about? Can you answer that question quickly and definitively in 10 seconds or less? If not, why not? The answer to this will be the key to finding the right synopsis for your plot.” – Noah Lukeman, literary agent and author.

Example Of A Compelling Synopsis   #WritingPremise

“Colin Wade is on a mission. A mission to study a singularity – the enigmatic centre of a black hole. But things are definitely not going according to plan, as Colin finds himself in an area of space with no visible stars at all, until a lone blue light threatens to engulf the ship in a strange fire. Colin will need all of his cunning, and plenty of unlikely help, to solve the mystery of the singularity, or else find himself lost in space indefinitely”.

Writing a book summary.
‘Singularity’ by Benjamin T. Collier – back cover summary

Your summary will likely appear above your author bio and barcode. We’ll talk about those later.

Story Summary   #Writing Premise

Your summary is a longer, more detailed description of your story. It should be no more than 300 words. Include a little more of the story without giving away any spoilers. A good place to see examples of these is on Amazon. You can also find the summaries from some great Christian authors online at ChristianAuthors.ca. Here’s an example from one of their fiction authors, Sara Davison:

“Their Secrets Protect Them …
But Secrets are Hard to Keep

“Their Secrets Protect Them …
But Secrets are Hard to Keep

No one in the army can find out that Captain Jesse Christensen has become a believer. He and bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly are forced to meet in secret, facing imprisonment or worse if they are found together. Their relationship deepens, but so does Lieutenant Gallagher’s hatred for the Christians in their city. As Gallagher’s power grows, it becomes clear that his connections go much further up the chain of command than anyone realized, putting all believers, especially Jesse, in extreme danger.
Meryn wants to give her heart to Jesse fully, but her past holds her back. Although circumstances conspire to keep her silent, she needs to tell him her secret. When he finds out what she has been keeping from him, nothing will stand between them anymore.
Or nothing will ever be the same.
The year is 2054. As the world descends into chaos around them and Christians in Canada and around the world face tighter and tighter restrictions, Jesse and Meryn wage a battle against forces of darkness – both physical and spiritual. They face the threat of being ripped apart forever as Gallagher closes in on his favourite target. Jesse’s life hangs in the balance.
Jesse, Meryn, and all believers must decide if their faith is strong enough to carry them through these dark days, or if the cost of declaring allegiance to Jesus Christ is just too high.”


Bonus Add-On: Writing Fantasy || Plotter or Pantser?   #WritingTips

As we journey on this fantasy writing adventure together, I realize that using the plotting approach to novel writing means I won’t be actually writing much of my novel until I have the outline written down. I felt a little discouraged for a while when I thought about this. I’m a natural pantser but I’m approaching this novel by the plotter technique on the advice I’ve heard from speakers in my studies and what I’ve read in my research. So are you a Plotter or a Pantser?

#NaNoWriMo Prep


I’d like to suggest something – something I’ve decided to do myself instead of trying to plot and write at the same time. Using this plotting technique has started to make sense. If I have my Setting, Characters and Outline all ready by Oct 31st, I can write my butt off in November and do NaNoWriMo again! I did that last year and now have my first draft of a future allegorical fiction novel. (If you’re reading this later in the year, no worries, you can always adjust your own schedule and do your own write-a-thon whenever).

I wrote my fiction novel using the pantser method – just write, write, write – 50,000 words. It wasn’t pretty (neither was I by the end of it) and I highlighted paragraphs that I decided needed moving around. I even changed my main characters’ powers from superhero to genius abilities half way through! NaNoWriMo asks only that you write 50,000 words. They don’t say it needs to make sense. Thank the Lord.

But I now see the benefits of being a plotter ahead of time so when the time comes to actually write, my outline will be ready for my inner pantser  to fill in the blanks with fantastical words for my first draft and I’ll have a better idea of where I’m going with my novel. It will certainly cut down on the tedious revisions I’d need to do later.

How does that grab you? Would you like to have a pretty good first draft done by the end of November? Comment if you’re going to journey with me on this and get your book written by the end of this year. I’d love to be one of your NaNo buddies (big grin on my face).

Till next time, I hope you are blessed.



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