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I planned to enter a new novel I recently finished in Page Turner Contest. After reviewing how to write a synopsis, I am confused. My concern is that the major plot does not begin until late in the third chapter. The first three chapters contain two challenges that help the MC and her husband make the decision to leave their positions and go on a short term mission trip to Appalachia. The main plot begins in chapter four and is full blown in chapter six.
Question: If the MC, the plot and the conflict must happen in first paragraph of synopsis do I leave out the first chapters out of the synopsis? Help please.
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I'm wondering where you got the idea that the MC, plot, and conflict must be shown in the first paragraph of the synopsis? Is this a hard and fast rule?
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To me, writing of the synopsis is one of the most difficult steps in the writing process. I would like to recommend to you a book that was recommended to me: Writing Fiction for Dummies, by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy.
I'm not sure if you have time to get your hands on this book before the Page Turner deadline approaches, but if you do, you will find helpful instruction on how to prepare a synopsis, along with lots of other great fiction-writing instruction.
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Though I've never entered the PT, I was helping someone and did some investigating from previous contestants and top ten places. It seems the general concession is that the most important thing is to have your chapter be outstanding. Some publishers have strict guidelines about what they want in a synopsis, but I've heard the PT contest is a bit more relaxed on that and they want a well-written chapter and a synopsis that makes sense and makes the judges want to read the rest of the book.
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