Ten Things Key to Create a Catchy Fiction Book Blurb

You just spent all of this time writing your novel and now that you have finished writing it, (although I do suggest you write your fiction book blurb at the same time as your novel) it’s now time to write your book description.

Do you have an idea of how you’re going to start? When you’re going to start? What you’re going to include?

The key to a good fiction book blurb is the ability of it to tell a story, to grab the readers’ attention and for it to also to be interesting and relevant to your story. It doesn’t sound like it should be that difficult. Unfortunately, too often authors get so tangled up in making sure the book blurb has the same information as the book, that the true essence of making it compelling and interesting, get lost.

When you ensure that these ten factors are central to your fiction book blurb, it will make it a whole lot easier to make it catchy and intriguing to the reader.

10 things key to a compelling and interesting fiction book blurb

  1. The layout – use Setup, Capture and Intrigue
  2. Name your protagonist – giving the reader brings the character to life and gives them someone to connect with
  3. Keep your focus on the major conflict that the protagonist is dealing with
  4. Where is your protagonist at and where does your protagonist want to be – what is the protagonist’s hope
  5. Setting – where does your story occur, or what year, what era
  6. Tone of your story – make sure it is reflected in your fiction book blurb
  7. Yin and yang – talk about the opposites that are occurring in the protagonist’s life
  8. What are the hurdles that the protagonist has to overcome – some of these will be in relation to the major conflict but some will be the other issues that arise in their life
  9. What if the antagonist succeeds and wins – what does that mean for the protagonist
  10. What is the protagonist willing to do to solve the conflict, to get where s/he/it wants to be

So when you start writing your fiction book blurb, look at these 10 key elements and make sure that you are including that information or following the layout. This will really simplify the process and make it easier as to what and where you need to keep your focus so that you can keep the readers’ attention.

Finding Confidence and Voice as a Writer

Finding Confidence and Voice as a Writer

Finding your confidence as a writer, I think is one of the biggest struggles there is. For a long time, I know I had a hard time believing that my writing was any good. In truth, it probably wasn’t all that great in the beginning. But I was determined to learn how to write and to write well. So after taking courses, joining a writing group and then a critique group and just continually learning from others, my writing is now good. And I really like the complex, twist and turn, suspense/thrillers I now write. I am thankful that I put in the time to focus on my writing and to get better.

It really is like anything that you’d really like to get good at, as long as you keep it beyond your fingertips and feel like you can’t be any good at it, you probably won’t be. But if you are willing to take the time to step back and learn, you can be very good at it. There is no such thing as perfection so don’t waste your time on that. There are things you will do really well. There will be things you don’t do so well. And there will be things you normally do really well that sometimes you just don’t. It is a bit of a roller coaster, trying to get it right. But that’s okay. Allow yourself to experiment, to have fun with writing.

So now that you know going in that you will make mistakes, take the leap… go after your passion.

There is nothing worse than wanting something but feeling like it is out of your grasp… when in truth it isn’t.

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Donna Barker, an author and founder of Write Woman Write (an online membership group for women) asked to do an interview with me on

Finding Confidence and Voice as a Writer.

I share my journey with writing, the struggles I had, the obstacles I had to overcome… I also share some tips that will help you to overcome the desire to write but feeling stuck and how to overcome the fear of being judged. You are not alone on your writing journey.

Where do you find yourself stuck with writing?

An Example of What Makes a Fiction Book Blurb Compelling

 an example of what makes a fiction book blurb compelling

 

The fiction book blurb is a key component to getting readers to open your novel and read it. But have you ever thought what really needs to go into a fiction book blurb?

There are so many moving parts to a story – the protagonist, the antagonist, the secondary characters, all the other characters, the events, the backstory, the kickstart, the climax, the ending and all that happens in between. That’s a lot of information to sift through but then there should be shouldn’t there? After all, you just wrote 60,000, 90,000, 105,000 words to introduce us to all of that.

So where to start?

There are really three key elements that are the basis for the fiction book blurb:

The Setup

The Capture

The Intrigue

That doesn’t sound too bad does it? But going through all of your story and figuring out what to use can be overwhelming.

An Example of What Makes a Fiction Book Blurb Compelling.

in-this-life-terri-herman-ponceThis is a well written fiction book blurb that uses Setup, Capture & Intrigue. This is Terri Herman-Ponce’s (author of 3 published novels) book – In This Life: Book 1 of the Past Life Series.

When psychologist Lottie Morgan meets Galen, their encounter is as intense as it is eye-opening. Something about him is familiar. His looks. His words. His touch.

Lottie can’t resist the urge to know more about him, or the smoldering memories that surface every time he’s near. Only Galen’s keeping a dangerous secret, one linked to a life shared thousands of years ago. One that could destroy the relationship Lottie has with her current lover David.

One that is about to cost Lottie her life. Again.

This is an intriguing fiction book blurb isn’t it? If you’re like me, it grabs your attention and makes you want to pick it up and read it. So what makes it work?

 

The Setup

When Psychologist Lottie Morgan meets Galen, their encounter is as intense as it is eye-opening. Something about him is familiar. His looks. His words. His touch.

This gives you a good sense of what type of story it is and the underlying theme/problem/issue that the protagonist is up against. You already get a sense that something is off for the protagonist – does she really know him? And why can’t she remember?

The Capture

Lottie can’t resist the urge to know more about him, or the smoldering memories that surface every time he’s near. Only Galen’s keeping a dangerous secret, one linked to a life shared thousands of years ago. One that could destroy the relationship Lottie has with her current lover David.

What do we learn about the story:

Who the protagonist is: Psychologist – Lottie Morgan.
Problems/issues: for some reason Lottie is sure she knows Galen but not why and is having issues with the memories she is having, especially because she is in a relationship. We also learn they do have a long time connection – 1000 years.
Hope: Lottie needs to solve why she is having these smoldering memories and who Galen is to her.

Now we can connect with the main character and feel her struggles and her hope of solving this dilemma.

The Intrigue

One that is about to cost Lottie her life. Again.

This grabs the mystery of where the story is going. I think this line is great. It pulls the reader in because right away, you want to know, ‘what do you mean, again’. It’s a simple line but intrigues you to find out what happened that she could die a second time. What happened the first time?

The fiction book blurb is really meant to entice and tease the reader to open the pages of your story. Keep your focus on the setup, the capture and the intrigue and you’ll find it much easier to write a compelling and interesting fiction book blurb.

To learn more, join me on my free webinar, 5 Steps to a Compelling and Interesting Fiction Book Blurb on November 10th. 3:30 p.m. Click here for more information. The best way to stay informed and get more tips is to sign up for my free ebook: 3 Keys to Creating a Compelling & Interesting Fiction Book Blurb

Adding Emails to your Safe Sender List

Adding emails to your safe sender list, or whitelisting them, is a good idea. But what is it and why do you need to do that?

Each email host sets up filters to catch spam. They are trying to weed out those emails that are unwanted or might be malicious. So the email hosts are doing what they can to make sure that kind of email is not going through. However, sometimes those emails that you do want to come to you, don’t. They end up in your spam folder.

So to whitelist an email means that you are adding that email to your safe senders list and your email host won’t throw their content into your spam folder.

To ensure that you are receiving emails from me, here is a comprehensive guide for how to whitelist my emails. This will help to ensure that the emails you want to get through (i.e. those that come from me – The Write Success 🙂 ) make it through to you. I’d hate for you to miss out.

Thank you Aweber for this really thorough guide: Whitelist your emails/add emails to your safe list.

 

Fiction vs Nonfiction Book Blurbs – What’s the Difference

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The fiction book blurb is really quite different than the nonfiction book blurb. Did you know that? They really serve two different purposes as do the books.

Fiction stories are meant to take the reader on an adventure, remove them from their everyday lives. It can let them live vicariously through someone else. Reading fiction is like stepping into someone else’s shoes and being right there on  their journey and seeing how they handle all that’s coming at them. Essentially, how they handle life. We want to go on the mystery of where the story is going. Will the protagonist win or succeed – solve the murder, find the love of their life, overcome their illness, figure out ‘life’… or fail – they become the next victim, they don’t find their true love, they don’t figure out ‘life’…

If they win or succeed how will they do it? If they fail, how will that happen? We want that whole package of the roller coaster up and down of life.

 

Here’s an example:

Captured Lies by Maggie Thom

She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it…

Her life was a lie!

Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.

Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

You can see that the mystery of where the story is going is used to keep the reader guessing and wanting to find answers. Fiction is kind of a do it yourself – go on the journey and find the answers.

In Nonfiction, the reader wants something different, we want information and answers, We want to learn. We want the facts of what happened. We either want a step by step, here’s how you do it or we want all the knowledge on a subject so we can  determine if we agree with it or not, whether we can use that information or not. Or we want to know about someone’s life, what they did and how they handled it.

Here’s an example:

Allergic to Life by Kathryn Chastain Treat

Imagine that the very food you eat and the beautiful carpet on your floors start to make you feel violently ill. Your contact lenses cause your eyes to burn and water uncontrollably. Trace amounts of mold on other people’s clothing cause you to become unable to hold a thought or get it from your brain to your mouth during an everyday conversation.

The life you once knew is gone and you have become a prisoner of unexplainable and severe allergies and sensitivities. In this new life you can no longer shop or visit friends in their homes because there are too many chemicals and fragrances there. You become plagued by one mystery infection after another and no doctor or specialist seems to be able to give you any explanation of what’s causing your terrifying symptoms. Depression sets in and becomes your constant companion as you try to cope with the stress of being sick and of struggling to live within your newfound limitations.

“”Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage and Hope”” is the story of one woman’s journey through a battle to reclaim her life and overcome depression caused by an exposure to toxic mold in her workplace.

In this example, the author tells you what has happened to her and where this story is going and what happened to bring this about.

So when it comes to the book blurbs, they need to be written differently and because they serve different purposes.

Fiction vs Nonfiction, what’s the difference?

Fiction Book Blurb – needs to entice and tease the reader. It is a glimpse inside the pages of the story, it is not a tell all and does not include the climax or the ending. It needs to hint at the journey that the reader will go on.

Nonfiction Book Blurb – needs to spell out what the whole beginning to end of the book is about, and where the reader will be taken, the answers they will get.

 

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Now to add in a bit more confusion, a blurb, often referred to as a book blurb, is an endorsement or review or testimonial by someone else. Usually someone who has clout or fame.

 

Authors will try to use one format to write for the other but in fiction that’s where a book blurb can fall flat. Fiction and Nonfiction books are really quite different, so the book blurbs need to be treated differently.

When you write your fiction book blurb, remember to use the mystery of where the story is going to grab the reader’s attention. In your nonfiction book blurb, you want to use the journey but include the destination to grab the reader’s attention.

This is one of the reasons I came up with my course, Mastering the Art of Writing the Catchy Fiction Book Blurb. I wanted to make sure that authors understand how to write a powerful fiction book blurb but if you’re using the format for nonfiction book blurbs, you’re book description may fall flat.

Where do you struggle with your book blurb?

What Creating the Fiction Book Blurb Course, Taught Me

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When I started creating my course, to help other Indie / Self Published authors to write an engaging and enticing fiction book blurb, my intent had been to make it easy for authors to tackle that beast. And I truly think I have done that but boy was it a learning curve for me. It truly became so much more than I had thought it would be.

creating-a-page-what-i-learnedCreating a Course… What I Learned

As authors you know what that’s like right? You jump in to write a novel and then get to a point of wondering if you’ll ever get it finished? Believe me I know that feeling. It becomes a bit overwhelming at times doesn’t it? Thankfully, I think being an author is what really helped me with creating this course… besides the obvious that is. Even though I felt a bit lost and unsure about where I was going at times, I was able to create the course and then edit… and edit… and edit… until it was to a place where I felt it was good.

To create this course I had to go back and really analyze what I did to write my fiction book blurbs. I know that when I decided to self publish I had no idea how to write a book description. What I did know was that I had never been able to write a good synopsis (the tell-all of your story), although I did have a traditional publisher interested in one novel. So I guess it was better than I thought. But the book blurb seemed to be even more of a daunting task.

You want me to do what?

The thought of taking 90,000 words and writing something that wasn’t a summary, wasn’t boring but gave a good indication of what went on in my story, seemed impossible. I strongly disliked having to do a book description. No matter what I wrote I just couldn’t seem to make the thing interesting and

if it was interesting it didn’t seem to have anything to do with the story.

It was truly mind boggling for me for a long time but I finally got fed up and started to analyze what made a fiction book blurb appealing. And then I set out to figure that out for myself. After all I had already published two suspense thrillers and had no plans on stopping, so I had to figure out something. Which I did. I read a lot of book blurbs, which I had done anyway as I read a lot but now I was looking at them differently.

What made them attract my attention? And what turned me off?

What I discovered was that the book blurbs that were action oriented (don’t mistake this for action-packed), focused on the protagonist – who it was, where they had been, where hoping to get to, the struggles they were facing, the major conflict or underlying theme of the story – and the mystery (did the protagonist win or lose), were what grabbed and held my attention. They were the books that I wanted to read. Each book, really had a Set-Up, a Capture and an Intrigue.

This gave me the keys to what I was missing and helped me a lot with being able to write intriguing and engaging fiction book blurbs. It took a while to get there but I did. And I even often got compliments on them. Yay! Other than that I never really thought much more about it. At least, not until I saw and heard from other authors, asking for help. I realized that I hadn’t been the only one who had thought that writing this thing was pure evil.

So I started creating the course. I wrote it out, figured out what I wanted to say, and how to make this as easy a process as possible. I then recorded it. Whew, that was interesting and a lot of work. I thought I was done. But after listening to it, it didn’t seem quite right. I went back to editing and then re-recording. I don’t know about you but I find even in my writing if I look at it in different formats – on paper, on computer screen and in ebook format – it really helps me to look at my story differently. It helps to get me out of the story and look at it as a reader.

What creating the fiction book blurb course, taught me.

It was so cool what I learned. Going through this process – writing, creating and recording – was helping me figure out the exact steps that I needed to teach.

So after several takes and rewrites, I finally had the course where I wanted it to be. I even went through several name changes.

Writing the Catchy Fiction Book Blurb Made Easy

Simplify Writing the Catchy Fiction Book Blurb

and I finally settled on

Mastering the Art of Writing the Catchy Fiction Book Blurb

The choice, really came about from feedback from other authors but I also felt that

it deserved a little flare.

Here is what I finally settled on for the course modules:

  1. Understanding the Basics
  2. Getting Started
  3. What’s Important to Pull from Your Story
  4. Putting it Together
  5. Example – start to finish

Within each module are some additional lessons. I tried to keep each video short and will provide the transcripts and worksheets for you to use. My intent is that when you go through the course, that you finish a video do the short exercises, so that when you finish the course, you are finished writing your catchy fiction book blurb. How cool is that?

Do you ever second, third and fourth guess yourself, with something you’ve created?do-you-ever-second-and-third-guess-yourself

So I have the course finished but now what to do with it? How do I know if it’s any good? Feeling unsure, I finally sought out some beta testers. I am so incredibly thankful to those authors for taking time out of their busy schedule to not only listen to the whole course but to give me feedback. So while I waited, I sat patiently… okay let’s be honest, I paced. I ate – things I shouldn’t have. I walked… and walked… and walked – great for the heart and helped me use up some time. And I actually did get some writing done.

Then I heard back from the beta testers. What I got was some invaluable feedback. I used what they said and made some changes and additions to the course. One of the things I added was the full beginning to end example of how I use all the steps and then create my intriguing fiction book blurbs.

The great news was that the beta testers loved the course and found so much value in it. All of the beta testers are published authors and have anywhere from one to twenty novels published. So although I had been scared spitless of what they would say to me, I am forever grateful that I was able to overcome my fear and to ask for their opinion. And that I didn’t take it personally when they said they didn’t like something. One of the best things it taught me was that you can’t please everyone.

One beta tester didn’t like one thing while another loved it.

Within the course, there is something for every type of author who has to write their own fiction book blurbs.

The best part? Each author said they learned a lot from my course and that it was great for newbies to experienced authors. Whoohoo!

Within this course I truly tried to take the guess work out and provide a step by step process that will help you determined when, how, why and what to include in your fiction book description. I also give several examples of what makes a book blurb interesting and enticing. You also get a beginning to end example of what I look at and how I write my catchy fiction book blurbs.

 

The Excuses are Easy but the Writing?

the excuses are easy, but the writing? Not so much

The Excuses are easy but the writing?

Not so much…

 

Writing is something that many people want to do but they don’t or they say they’ll do it some day. And maybe they will but I know for me I do not want to leave this world with regrets. I’ve seen that for too many people and I don’t want it to be me… or you.

Writing is like anything, it takes time and it takes practice. But the biggest thing it takes is having the guts to jump through your fear and get started doing it. I know all of the excuses, I’m quite sure I’ve used them all and maybe invented a few of my own.

  • I don’t have the time
  • I don’t know what I’d write
  • who’d read it
  • what if it sucks
  • what if others don’t like it
  • what if the cat turns green
  • what if I start and realize I’m no good or don’t know where to go with it
  • there are already so many writers it won’t matter if I write
  • I was always told I couldn’t write
  • I’m no good at grammar or spelling or sentence structure
  • I sucked in English class
  • no one supports me
  • no one in my family reads or writes
  • my family is all readers they’d be horrified
  • I want to write like Stephen King and since I can’t, why start
  • my hands hurt
  • I can’t sing either
  • I’m not talented
  • I’m no good at schedules

There are probably a 1000 and 1 excuses for why you haven’t started writing or won’t write and really there is only one reason why you should,

because you want to.

I think when writing is that thing that plays in your mind, urging you to write, begging you to write, wanting you to tell stories… I don’t know that you really get to choose whether you want to write or not,

it has chosen you.

I guarantee you can ignore it for a while but there comes a time when it will just be there bugging you, telling you to do something.

And that is why writing is so hard. We get tangled up in the excuses and let our fear which is really the culprit, put a huge barrier between where we are and where we want to be. The longer you wait the bigger that barrier can get and can often feel insurmountable. But I promise you, you can get over it, through it, around it.

To get started:

  1. Know that it’s right for you
  2. find someone to mentor you – take a course, join a writing group, find another writer
  3. and write – you don’t have to share it at first but work at getting there
  4. your first draft will suck, accept that and move on to the second, third and fourth draft
  5. you won’t start out like Stephen King but with putting in some time, you could get there if you choose
  6. you don’t have to have a destination in mind when you start, just write
  7. grammar, punctuation, sentence structure can be added in later
  8. its something you can take with you, you can do at any time
  9. write what interests you
  10. write because you know it’s the best gift you can give yourself

 

If writing is something that is urging you, tapping on your shoulder, listen to it… Write.

The excuses are easy but the writing… is possible.

What excuses do you tell yourself, why you don’t write?

Getting Started with Writing Your Catchy Fiction Book Blurb

Getting Started with Writing Your Catchy Fiction Book Blurb

 

You’ve written the novel. Now you want to write the catchy fiction book blurb. Shouldn’t be too hard, after all you just wrote 60 – 80 – 100,000 words. You only have another 200 to go.

I don’t know about you but I found those 200 very difficult to write. In fact, almost impossible. I went through a lot of angst and frustration just trying to come up with something to say that was somewhat interesting and was somewhat based on the novel I just wrote. It would take me a long time to write 200 words that were intriguing and interesting and gave a glimpse inside my novel.

I do not want you to go through that same headache.

There are three things that I learned that totally changed how I wrote my fiction book blurbs.

 

Start writing the fiction book blurb now. Actually start writing it when you start writing your novel. It will save you a lot of time and headache. And your book description will sound way better than if you wait. If you write as you go, you are more likely to pull the more interesting information out of the story.

 

Do NOT write a synopsis. I used to do this. Probably because I had been trying to go the traditional route of being published. Which means you had to write a synopsis – the tell-all, detailed beginning to end, write up of your story. It was extremely time-consuming and I sucked at it as well. Don’t start with this, it becomes too much. It gets really hard to pull yourself out of all of that information. You don’t need it all, so don’t start with it.

 

The idea that got you writing your story? Is a great place to start with writing your fiction book blurb. It grabbed your attention, so odds are it will grab the reader as well.

 

Making these simple changes will help with decreasing your stress and time in writing the catchy fiction book blurb.

 

If you haven’t had a chance, check out my youtube channel – Glenna Mageau

Does your Fiction Book Blurb Have the Key Elements?

Does Your Fiction Book Blurb have the Key Elements –

Setup, Capture, Intrigue?

The whole purpose of the fiction book blurb is to grab and hold attention such that the reader will then open the pages of your novel. To do that you really need three key ingredients:

1. The Setup

2. The Capture

3. The Intrigue

Does your fiction book blurb have the key elements

The Setup:

This is where you are giving a clear idea of what the story is about. What is the underlying theme, situation, conflict… It gives a good sense of the type of story that the reader is looking at.

Think of it as a theme i.e. Christmas, Halloween, etc. When someone invites you to an event and they say its for Christmas, you already have a good sense of what it is about.

The Capture:

This is where you are sharing about the Protagonist (the main character), where they were at and where are they now. You are giving the good and the bad of what is going on in their life – the conflicts that are giving them problems/creating issues for them, how they are managing them/reacting to them. You are creating a connection here.

This is like the events of the evening – what were the events supposed to be, what actually happened, what was served, what did you wear…

The Intrigue

Will the Protagonist win or lose? Will the antagonist (opposing character or bad guy) win or lose? You are sharing the mystery of your story.

This is the finale of the evening – did everything go as planned? was there something that threw the whole evening off?

 

Essentially what you are trying to do is give the reader a good sense about what the story is about and then lead them on a trail following your protagonist, have them get to know and understand the struggle the protagonist is going through and then you want them to care what happens. You need to connect the reader to your main character, make the main character matter for them. So you want to share what has happened to them, how they are managing it and will they come out on top.

How do these three elements play out in your book blurb?

The 3 Key Elements

Setup

Capture

Intrigue

Writing is Like Making a Wedding Cake

Writing is Like Making a Cake

You just take a lot of ingredients, throw them together, mix them up, leave them ‘cook’ for a while and voila – you have a masterpiece!

Right? That’s all there is to making a cake? to writing, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, not. You can throw ingredients together/words together and it might turn out okay or it might turn out a bit of a disaster. The truth is that you are probably struggling with writing because you are scared of how it will turn out. Well, let me tell you, I can pretty much guarantee that your first few versions are more likely to look like this:

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than they are like this:

Wedding Cake by NikkiSo what’s the deal?

When making a beautiful cake, you have to make it a few times to get the ingredients right, the mixing of it just right, the baking of it just right. And then you have to spend a lot of time practicing the art of making it look amazing. It’s not a simple feat.

Writing is the same thing. First, you need to get the words down on paper. It doesn’t matter what it looks like because the final touches, the beautifying of it, comes later. You need to write and try different things to figure out what you want to do with your writing. But to get there you have to be willing to just write, whatever comes to mind. And know that in the beginning, many things you write are just not going to feel right or sound right.

But that’s okay.

I’m sure that those who make and decorate wedding cakes, started with making simple cakes or even cupcakes. They have mixed a lot of ingredients, they have baked a lot of cakes and they have decorated a lot of cakes, to get to the point of being able to create this:

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The same goes for writing

if you want to write you just need to start somewhere. Choose something and write. It doesn’t matter what and it doesn’t really matter if you have an end goal in mind or any clear direction. All that will come with time. For now, just write. When you have an idea, write. Don’t worry about what it looks like or even where it’s going, in the beginning.

The truth is that just like making a masterpiece wedding cake, masterpiece writing takes practice.

The more you write, the easier it comes and the easier it comes, the clearer you will become on what you want to write and the more willing you are to take risks with it. And yes just like baking any cake, you will still have flops every now and then. Sometimes your writing just won’t go where you want it to or look like you want it to. But that’s okay. There will be times you will produce something that will shock you, impress you, surprise you and excite you. You will know that what you have written is good and worth working on.

So throw together whatever words you have right now and see what comes out. Love those flops for they can teach you a lot and help you with creating future stories. Every piece is precious for what it teaches you. Sometimes you just have to write because the words are there begging to get out. They don’t really have any direction or rhyme or reason, they just need to be released. So release them. The best way to get ideas flowing, to allow your creativity to bloom, is just to write. This is where I equate writing with eating a cake – sometimes it is just begging to be eaten… for no rhyme or reason. 🙂

So just do it.

So just write and maybe it will lead to a book… and maybe another one… and another one…

For now… just write.

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