Summary writing is a great skill to have as a reader, writer, and movie-goer. You want to be able to write all kinds of summaries – some short, condensed, and simple, some elaborate, long, and extremely detailed. Writing summaries is an easy skill to learn and an even easier skill to practice. Summaries are an important part of our everyday lives that help us to share information quickly.
Remember that you are not writing a review: You are writing a summary. Keep your own reflections out of your summary, and aim to share information instead of opinions.
You can practice writing summaries about almost anything.
Then, take those skills you have practiced and translate them to the page.
In general, it is a good idea to consider having a summary outline format to keep your writing on point.
Creativity in a summary is a good way to introduce new ideas and topics into a summary, but consider that it is more important to give accurate information than creative opinions and fillers.
It is far more effective to keep a summary short – people are always more eager to read something short than something long, and the longer something is, the greater a chance there is of including mistakes or misinformation within a piece of writing.
When writing a summary, try creating two columns on a piece of paper: One for important information, and one for trivial information.
Organize your thoughts on this page, and try to only include important information in your summary. Trivial information will be organized in this list for your future reference, but you don’t have to worry about putting it in your written summary.
The best summaries are usually only a paragraph long. See if you can develop your own favorite format for organizing summary information in a paragraph. Remember that usually, readers of summaries will be skimming for information, and they won’t take time to read carefully. This means you will have to be clear and to the point.
A teacher, professor or client can critique your summary writing work and give you specific tips for the type of writing you are doing and how you can improve on your specific issues.