When beginning a novel it’s good to have a blurb written so that you a) know roughly the outline of where the story is heading and b) if you want to send out any queries to agents/publishers it will help you to have one to pitch to them.
- Introduce key plot points and characters – Your first word should be your character’s name and a description of that character’s situation
- Introduce a problem but don’t solve it – You must explain the main source of conflict/problem in the book, use hyperboles to exaggerate the danger/importance of the conflict but don’t give away too many details. Leave the reader wanting to know how it is solved
- End on a twist – A nice way to end a blurb is introducing a secondary plot point that complicates the conflict/problem. An ellipsis can be used here for dramatic effect or simply a well-written show-stopping line
- No more than two paragraphs – you don’t want to bore the reader, simply get to the main points
- Viscous vocabulary – Your vocabulary in a blurb needs to be heightened. Even if you don’t like using rich vocabulary in your normal writing style, your blurb needs to sing from the page with gob-smacking adjectives and verbs. Check out my powerful verbs vocabulary list.
- Look at samples – Go grab your favourite books of the bookshelf and read the blurbs. What makes them so enticing that they made you want to pick up and read that book? Magpie good ideas from your favourite authors. Pay attention to their syntax and grammar as well as content.
- Share your blurb for a critic – Share with family friends, poll on your website, send to professional writers, get feedback on what works and what doesn’t work. Every piece of good writing needs a fresh pair of eyes to check it over.
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