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 Id had this informative book years
ago. Writing the Fiction Synopsis is a must-have tool for all writers.
Pam McCutcheon has given writers a cure for the synopsis headache.
Maggie Osborne, Award-winning author of more than 40 novels.
Writing the Fiction Synopsis is destined to be a
Karen Fox, RITA-nominated romance author
Pam McCutcheon takes the scary out of writing a
She walks you through the process and gives you the tools to create a clear, professional
summary of your work. It will help you the rest of your career.
Debra Dixon, author of Goal, Motivation, and Conflict
This is by far the best book I've ever seen on writing a synopsis!! And
like 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. Im also one of
those authors who writes a rough synopsis as a road map after Ive written about
three 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.
I bought your book Writing the Fiction Synopsis a while
back, and it has been so *very* helpful! It is one of the best books I've read on
writing synopsesclear, concise and wonderfully straightforward. I've referred to it
often and suspect I always will. A damn good book!
Though I am published in
poetry, I have never written anything book length because the prospect was
just too daunting. Pams class on How to Write a Synopsis broke
down the elements of plot and character into manageable chunks. Her teaching style
was fun, clear, and well thought out. I left the class inspired to
Edna Sheedy aka Carole Dean
Pams clear, logical style helped me fashion a winning contest
entry with my very first, book-length manuscript. Not only does she teach how to
write a winning synopsis, but her insights into plotting and characterization are a
Carol Umberger, Golden Heart Winner, Author
Wendy Grace Wolf
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
Kathleen Wells, Ph.D.
Every writer needs to know how to write a synopsis that
This book is a definite must-have.
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(from the introduction):
The first indication I had that writers were looking
for a book like this is when a beginning writer approached me during a local conference.
She was frustrated because a contest judge had told her she'd written a nonfiction
outline instead of a fiction synopsis. Naturally, she wanted to know where she could
learn how to write the appropriate type of synopsis for her novel.
I was stumpedI couldn't think of a single book that
explained how. Since I learned by using other writers' synopses as examples, I did
the only thing I could and gave her one of mine. It didn't seem enough, though, so I
looked around to see what else was written on the subject. I didn't find much, and
those books that did mention it seemed to do so only briefly.
It seemed that everywhere I turned after that, people were
grumbling about writing synopses. And the contests I judged verified my suspicion
that many beginning writers simply didn't know where to start writing one.
So, I decided to analyze my own method. I'd like to claim
it's wildly innovative and unique, but the truth is, all I did was take the techniques
developed by other well-known writes and synthesize them into an approach that worked for
me. Once I analyzed that approach, I developed a step-by-step method for teaching
others how to do the same.
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