Write the fiction book blurb in a different format

Write the Fiction Book Blurb in a Different Format

One of the things I hear a lot from authors is that they struggle with where to start and how to start writing the book blurb. And of course how to make it sound interesting and not like they’ve thrown the kitchen sink in. I know I struggled with this for a long time. The best advice I can give is to write the book blurb differently than how you wrote your novel. Having said that, hopefully you use these techniques when writing your novel as they will help you to develop a better story. But that’s for another blog post. 🙂

So what do I mean, write the book blurb in a different format?

What I found was that I needed to do something different or I found myself writing not only full sentences but full paragraphs about something I liked in my story. How could I take part of a situation when the whole thing was interesting or I was afraid I was leaving something out? Which is possibly true but then it’s too long and really I found myself trying to retell the whole story. I then had this big bulky amount of information to start with and then I had to find a way to whittle it down to something interesting. I found it really difficult to do – what to leave in, what to take out, how to make it catchy…

Instead of making the same mistakes I made, here’s what I’ve learned that helps me to write compelling, interesting book blurbs:

  1. Write in point form – a few words long but not full sentences
  2. Use a mind map – throw your information onto a piece of paper (I highly recommend this as I believe it increases the creativity and gets you totally away from the story or at least it does for me) then connect the events & the people – draw it out .It can really help you to look at the story differently
  3. Do a word collage – you are limited to a certain number of words, so you need the most dynamic and action packed. Put the most catchy words from your story on a piece of paper – real or computer – then think up other words that say the same thing.

These three simple steps will help you to look at your story differently and help you to broaden and narrow your focus at the same time. Broaden it so that you see your story differently, sometimes with new eyes and narrow because it helps you to hone in on what are the catchy events and situations that occur in your story and how to write them in a compelling and active way.

Once you have all of this information down and have more of a clear, concise idea of what’s important information from your story to include in your book blurb, then you start writing the sentences. 🙂 Then you start pulling it together into that catchy fiction book blurb.

The book blurb is something that is powerful and important so make sure you get the most out of yours.

Where do you struggle in writing the book blurb?

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