I have always been terribly, awfully, shamefully bad at synopses. Does anyone else feel me? It's like, you want to find a happy middle ground about describing the basic plot and subject of your story, but you don't want to reveal too much because that's what reading is for, but you also don't want to reveal too little, because then it's lacking. It's a fickle thing, and no matter how many synopses I look at on published novels I never seem to take anything away from it. One book has a long, detailing synopsis that includes almost every broad point except plot twists. Another has a few words. Both have equal acclaim. What to do?
In any case, I've been trying to practice on these. Here's one I jotted down today for my recent thing, PSYCH 480, which may or may not turn into something, so please feel free to leave critique on how I can improve upon this:
"To get an A for napping in class is probably every student's fondest dream.
Luckily for Sawyer June, senior psychology majors at her university have the opportunity to take the famed class PSYCH 480, also known as Dream Analysis, which allows just that--and she happens to fit the bill for enrollment.
Despite how popular Dr. Forrest's class is, however, it brings with it tales of students who have suffered life-threatening maladies mid-nap from stress, and for Sawyer, who considers anxiety an unfortunate part of her routine, this is a clear warning. But with no other options, though her better judgement and her frightening family history advise against it, Sawyer delves into the world of dreams in room 505 with her touch-and-go acquaintances, and discovers that she is suddenly not alone within the sanctity of her head--her company is both unfamiliar and uninvited.
And he does not
want Sawyer to wake up."
Let me know if it seems too scattered, and whatever else. How do you all approach synopses (if at all)?