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A Word That Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Men and Middle-schoolers Alike

on March 9, 2012

Synopsis.

Whether you must write one as an eighth-grade English class assignment or a component in a query about your own novel, the thought of writing a synopsis is enough to send most of us screaming in terror.

However, you may be surprised to learn that the dreaded synopsis is all around us. Actually, we write–or speak–countless numbers of them in our lifetimes.

Have you ever taken minutes at a meeting? Synopsis.

Have you ever described a movie you’ve seen and loved? Synopsis.

Have you ever condensed your idea when your busy (or irritable) boss said, “Give it to me in a nutshell”? Synopsis.

Have you ever answered a text when a friend asked, “What happened” or “How are you”? Synopsis.

Have you ever given “just the facts” when interrogated by the police? Okay, maybe that one is a stretch for some of us. But it is still a synopsis.

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