Looking for a sample synopsis? Here’s one from Star Trek!

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I just came across this and had to share. Paramount released the first glimpse of the Star Trek: Into Darkness storyline. Not only is this really exciting news if you’re a Trekkie (or a Benedict Cumberbatch fan *cough*), but it’s also a great example for writers of how to write a brief synopsis.

From the post “Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)” at Rope of Silicon:

SYNOPSIS: In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man (Benedict Cumberbatch) weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Isn’t that a great synopsis? Makes me think of that Nathaniel Hawthorne quote: “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

For those slaving over synopses and looking for examples, I hope you find this helpful.


2 thoughts on “Looking for a sample synopsis? Here’s one from Star Trek!

    kimmiepoppins said:
    November 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    That’s exactly how I finally figured out how to do it. Movie love!

      Amy K. Nichols said:
      November 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Wish I’d known about movie synopses when I was writing mine. I scoured the internet for examples. Finally landed on Elana Johnson’s ebook, which I highly recommend. I think, though, that reading a ton of examples helped get the synopsis “voice” in my head. Good stuff!

      Here’s the link to Elana’s book From the Query to the Call, for anyone curious:

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