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Hello!

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I am working on a synopsis and I have a question about POV. I know that regardless of the POV of the book, the synopsis needs to be 3rd person, present tense. Got that. But my critique partner knows that my novel is first person, past, and mentioned that the synopsis should only be from that person's POV, i.e. 3rd person limited.

I need clarification on this. Does it need to be restricted only to her POV? Should it be 3rd person LIMITED, or can it be 3rd person OMNISCIENT?

Thanks in advance. I can't find anything clear on the internet to help me with this!
#1 - November 21, 2015, 12:06 PM
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My synopsis is written in 3rd person omniscient. It would have been difficult to explain most of the plot in such a short space, if I had to stick to an intimate POV.

Here is a link with a sample synopsis that might be helpful:

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/synopsis-example-the-way-way-back-young-adult-middle-grade

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Thank you for your reply and the links. That's the main thing hanging me up with this one. I've written synopsis before, but it's been a while (*ahem*9years*ahem). Just need to get my groove back and this is one thing that stumped me!

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Hi, Ronnie! Glad to see you around the boards again! :)
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Ronnie, so good to see your smile here. I think your synopsis can be either in limited 3rd if it conveys the story, or omniscient. I ended up writing mine in omniscient because it made better sense.

Good luck. Vijaya
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Hi, Ronnie! Glad to see you around the boards again! :)

Hi! Thank you so much! :) I was having a hard day and this helped cheer me up. I plan to be around a lot more.
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It's YOUR synopsis, not your character's. You want it to reveal your book's main plot points, through line, stakes, and ending, regardless of how much your character knows and when s/he knows it. My synopsis, which got me my agent, actually contains a line something like, "But what ___ doesn't know is that _____."

No need to stick to third person limited.
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Ronnie, so good to see your smile here. I think your synopsis can be either in limited 3rd if it conveys the story, or omniscient. I ended up writing mine in omniscient because it made better sense.

Good luck. Vijaya

VIJAYA!! Hi hi hi!! So glad to see you!  :yippee

Thank you for your input. I looked over my old synopsis from 2006 (from the book that got agented but didn't sell) and that one seems to be 3rd omniscient. My original draft of this one is omniscient and my critique partner pointed out all the POV shifts...I tried to fix them and I felt like I was saying "she" and stating her name a LOT. But that may be because I'm used to writing first person so it felt out of place.
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It's YOUR synopsis, not your character's. You want it to reveal your book's main plot points, through line, stakes, and ending, regardless of how much your character knows and when s/he knows it. My synopsis, which got me my agent, actually contains a line something like, "But what ___ doesn't know is that _____."

No need to stick to third person limited.

 :thankyou Thank you so much for your input. I'm going to go with my gut. She had lots of other suggestions which I can incorporate, and I will let her know what everyone is telling me so she won't feel she needs to limit herself when she starts on her synopsis for her WIP.
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