Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blurb Writing

One of the hardest things for me to write is the blurb section for the back of a book, or just an all around description for the novel in general.

I tend to write long novels. Short stories never remain short. I have trouble writing poetry of any kind because of my "need" to expound. When it comes to the little two or three paragraph condensed explanation of what is going to happen in the novel, I have no clue what to write. I write about a mass of characters of various horror/fantasy genres. I also have many things going on in my novels - battles, training, sexy times, eating, general goofiness. How does a person condense 500 plus pages of hard work into three little blurbs?

I get this way when I try to explain what certain novels are about. In my head the explanation sounds good, but trying to say it out loud makes everything convoluted. There is a reason that I WRITE.

Does anyone else have this problem? How do you go about whittling down your work into the barest terms?


  1. I am semi okay with the blurb bit - but I'm like you and tend to write a novel about the novel rather than a tiny blurb. I liked Script Frenzy's "this story is ____ meets ____" as a way to describe the screenplay. It was perfect LOL for us long winded folk. What I have a hard time with is synopses. I just... I want to write that as a blurb but the point of it isn't to intrigue but to tell plainly what happens and it just feels weird to me to do that.

  2. OOO me! I have trouble with this too but I haven't gotten to the blurb part of a story. I have issues with giving too much away.