For those of you who want to know what one is, who are struggling to compose one, or who may need any other help with one, here is an updated list of links and references:
Dictionary.com: 1. a brief or condensed statement giving a general view of some subject.
2. a compendium of heads or short paragraphs giving a view of the whole.
3. a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play, etc.
Merriam-webster.com: a condensed statement or outline (as of a narrative or treatise.)
A Few Winning Synopses (examples) (Charlotte Dillon)
5 Steps to Writing a Synopsis (Vivian Beck)
Writing a Novel Synopsis (Fiction Writers)
How I Write A Fiction Synopsis (Diana Peterfreund)
Writing the Fiction Synopsis ; 11 Basic Synopsis Tips ; Synopsis Tips Part 1 ; Synopsis Tips Part 2 (Kathy Carmichael)
How-To Write a Synopsis (Rebecca Sinclair)
The Synopsis (Stella Cameron)
How to Write a Synopsis (Writing World)
Writing a Synopsis (J. Lea Lopez)
How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel (How to Write a Book Now)
Workshop: Writing the Novel Synopsis (Sheila Kelly)
Mastering the Dreaded Synopsis - Condensing Your Novel (Fiction Factor)
How to Write a Synopsis (Nathan Bransford)
How to Write a Synopsis (Fiction Writer's Mentor)
Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis (Jane Friedman)
In Short: Writing a Novel Synopsis That Rocks (Query Tracker Blog)
How to Write a Novel Synopsis (Pearl Luke)
Synopsispalooza, Part XVIII: the story's not just about that melancholy Dane, is it? (multiple POV stories boiled down into a synopsis with extra links to other synopsis posts) (Author! Author!: Anne Mini's Blog)
Your Guide to an Effective Novel Synopsis (Writer's Digest)
For the Synopsis-Writing Challenged (Where the Map Ends)
Of course, these are a drop in the bucket to the plethora (and I do mean plethora in the correct sense) of articles and blog posts out there on the subject. Do a search on any search engine and you'll soon see what I mean. And as I pointed out on Tuesday's post, you will come across conflicting advice. So look for the places where many opinions and voices agree. It's a good rule of thumb.
If you have a favorite synopsis reference link you'd like to share, please do.