Sent by Glenna Mageau
Writing the fiction book blurb is something that many authors don’t think about… until they are finished writing their novels. What if I told you that that might why it’s so difficult to write?
I don’t know about you, but I was taught that when you write a story, you start at the beginning and you write until it’s finished. In other words, you write linearly, from start to end. And I used to do this with all my stories and everything I did with them – I’d do one thing, finish it and then move on to the next.
So, I’d write my novel, do the rewrites, edit, rewrite and then send it out to my beta team. And that’s when I’d start thinking about writing my fiction book blurb. By this time, though, I was so immersed in the novel and all that happened, I didn’t know what to include and what not to. Little did I know I was truly making the whole process more difficult.
Now to be honest, when I do something I do make sure that I am focused on it so that I am doing a good job with it. However, as soon as I stop doing it, whether finished or not, I move on to doing something else.
My old method of waiting until I was finished writing the book, was a big mistake. What it did was give me a lot of extra work to do. I’d have to read back through 95,000 words and try to figure out what to pull from that. What was interesting? What would give a good idea of what my story was about? How was I supposed to put it all together?
Aaaaahhhhh. It used to drive me crazy. I would spend hours, days, weeks working on this thing. It was painful.
Until I finally figured out there was a much simpler way of doing it. When I published my second novel and I discovered I still found writing the fiction book blurb so daunting, I realized I had to figure out why it was so hard. Writing 200 words for an author or writer is really, relatively easy. Writing 200 words that encapsulates 90,000? A whole different story.
After a lengthy journey of studying what makes fiction book blurbs compelling and then figuring out how to do that, I discovered that when I write the fiction book blurb made all the difference.
If I start writing my book description at the same time as I write my novel, here’s what happens:
- I am done writing it by the time I’m done writing my novel
- My fiction book blurb is so much more compelling and interesting
- I can really grab the essence of the story
- It is so much easier to know what to pull from the story
- I wasn’t overwhelmed by the story – what to include and what not to include.
Having now published four novels, I can honestly say that when I write the fiction book blurb, truly makes all the difference. It is so much easier to write it at the same time as I write my novel. Doing that along with knowing what to pull from my stories has made the process really quite simple. When I’m done writing my novel, I’m done writing my fiction book blurb. In fact, I often have the book description written before I’m 3/4’s finished writing my novel. I love it.
If I can give you a piece of advice — the moment you start writing your novel, ensure that you’re starting to write your fiction book blurb. It will save you time, stress and frustration. And you’ll find it just sounds so much better. So not only will you feel better about what you’ve written but your novel will thank you as well.
How about you? What process do you follow?
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