Whether you’re writing a short story or a novel, can you summarize your story in one sentence?
Having a one-sentence summary when you begin writing helps keep you focused. That one sentence may also help you pitch your work to an agent or publisher later on.
Are you in panic because you’ve finished your novel and now a publisher or agent you queried wants a one-sentence plot summary? Calm down. We have the answer.
So how do you summarize a complete novel, including the ending, in one sentence? In the July 6, 2017 issue of The Writer, Jeff Lyons uses Twilight and Jaws as examples in his excellent article on how to know if you have a situation or a plot, plus how to craft that sentence. My English teachers would criticize his run-on sentence examples, but they do the job and force you to keep reading.