I see many fanfics with summaries like "Summary sucks plz read" or "I cant write summaries, just read the story" or "story not as bad as summary".
Although anyone can tell you that the summary is less important than the actual story, a good summary does go a long way in making your story sound interesting and encouraging more readers to check it out. Because the summary is something that the author writes, like the story itself is, the fact that a single-paragraph summary may be poorly written doesn't bode well for the story it is attached to.
Although I make no claims that I am especially good at writing summaries, I do know a few things that have proved helpful to me while writing them for my own stories, and I believe that young writers might be able to benefit a little from what I've figured out. At least, hopefully it will give some writers the confidence to not feel the need to apologize for a sucky summary when they post their stories on the web.
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