Toward a synopsis

Answer each of the following questions. Use just one sentence in each answer.

  • How did your protagonist get involved in the story?
  • What conflict arises to move the novella forward?
  • What is the broad setting of your novella?
  • What is the main thing that that will make your novella interesting to readers?

Combine the above information into a paragraph of fewer than 50 words.


Write a one-page synopsis in the following format:

  • Use the paragraph you’ve just written.
  • Then, in one paragraph, explain the plot points involving your main character. Mention only the main plot points. Mention the most important secondary characters.
  • Then, in one paragraph, describe how the novella’s main conflicts are resolved. Reveal the ending.

(inspired by a post at

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