Writing a Summary


Learning the steps to writing a summary, or practicing good journal writing techniques, are some of the best stages of writing development you can practice.

In writing nonfiction, ideas come from your life, from something that affects you personally, emotionally. Otherwise, why would you care to voice an opinion about certain topics?

Writing nonfiction is a good place to learn writing a character sketch, or writing a character analysis. If your story is about a person in real life, you will want to describe that person accurately. Develop what it is about that person or event that adds impetus to your topic.


Learn the steps to writing a summary about people, places, events, and just about anything that you need to fully remember when fleshing out your story later.

    When an event occurs that you wish to record, take notes, summarize, and then build your story or article. Steps to writing a summary will be discussed, as well as journal writing techniques.


The stories we’ll examine here are meant as examples of how to write about specific real occurrences in forms shorter than book length. However, most of the rules apply also to book length nonfiction.

    When you wish to write for the purpose of first seeking publication acceptance before writing the piece, then different rules apply. Those will also be covered here.


That is not to suggest that you must first get approval for all nonfiction you write. Short nonfiction pieces such as essays, narrations, and stories can be written and then submitted to magazines, anthologies, and others.


A word of caution, however, is that every publication has a unique set of submission guidelines to which you must adhere.


Some will want to know the topic before you write the story or article. They must determine if the information is timely or stale, or whether it can fit into an upcoming issue.


Many publications list calls for nonfiction pieces in different themes. Then your writing can be completed ahead of time.


When you submit a query about writing nonfiction pieces, if your project is accepted, the editor will, most likely, give you a deadline to finish the writing. Stick to it. Don’t back out.


Write it and submit, but know your market particulars and the publication with which you are dealing. They will provide tips for writing a story. Follow their guidelines.

If you have practiced good journal writing techniques covering stories you’d like to develop, and learned the steps to writing a summary, most likely, you’ve already been writing a character sketch or two. Draw heavily on your notes. The first impressions you’ve captured are important.


You can also jump to the article, How to Write a Summary for a list of points to follow when learning to summarize.


Don't forget to hit the back button to this page to analyze some occurrences I’ve written about, listed below. Of course, we'll cover more than just learning steps to writing a summary.


My story, For the Smallest of Favors, is a great example of summary writing. The story appears on The Favour Bank where you will find other short nonfiction about how the universe rewards us when we perform little favors without expectation of anything in return.


The Favour Bank

If you're a writer wishing to write how to books or self help books, take a look at the two ebooks that are analyzed here:

How To Books

To further help you with your writing processes overall, you might wish to read about my all-inclusive book of articles now in paperback, on the Creative Nonfiction page.

As promised, below is a Template format written by a viewer for anyone to use for writing a summary. Simply highlight it, then copy and paste it into your word processor. Once there, re-word or adjust it to suit your specific needs. In your word processor, you can lengthen or add more lines as needed.

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Literature Circle Novel Summary:


For Chapters ____to ___ in the book "_____________________________________ " by _________________

Student Name : ________________________________ No, _________ Gr. ___________ Date: _________________

How does chapter _________ begin? _______________________________________________________

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How does the middle of chapter _____ support and move the idea of _____________________________________ along?

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How does the ending of chapter ________ fit? ________________________________________________

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How does chapter _________ begin? ________________________________________________

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How does the middle of chapter _____ support and move the

idea of ______________________________________along?

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How does the ending of chapter ________ fit? ________________________________________________

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How does chapter _________ begin? _______________________________________________________

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How does the middle of chapter _____ support and move the

idea of _____________________________________ along?

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How does the ending of chapter ________ fit? ________________________________________________

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State what you feel was the purpose of the story, or what the author accomplished in the writing from chapter ___ to ____

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