Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! The Insecure Writers’ Group is a group of writers offering motivation and encouragement to all those taking on the challenges of writing. Every month the ISWG sponsors a blog hop where writers can blog about a topic related to overcoming obstacles and exploring various aspects of the writing journey. If you’d like to participate in a future hop you can join here. It’s always a great experience, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in writing and sharing with other writers.
Every month there is an optional discussion question. This month the question is as follows:
November 3 Discussion Question: What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?
Picking a title for your book can be hard. For some the right title arrives as glorious inspiration, the perfect name for a beautiful work of art. For others (myself included), it takes some time and thought, or sometimes a LOT of time and thought. And even then, the perfect title can be elusive. The process of naming my book is still ongoing for me, a subject I’ve blogged about before: “Help, Book in Search of Title!”
But if I had to pick which is harder, the title or the book blurb? No contest. For me, it’s the book blurb.
You see, I’m not good at being succinct. I write in a very wordy fashion, and having to condense a book down into a a couple of paragraphs of text….wow. Sometimes I think it would be easier to just rewrite the whole book. This book blurb is not something that I’m doing well with, at all. I have yet to write even a single blurb that sounds good to me, let alone to anyone else. It needs to sound exciting, and captivating. And summarize the highlights of your book so that a reader will want to pick it up and spend some time reading it. And obviously it needs to do all of this in a reasonable length of time. It’s a lot to think about. For me, it’s a work in progress.
How about you? Do you think the title is easier to write, or the book blurb? Do you have any strategies for writing your book blurb? What titles catch your eye, and what kinds of book blurbs entice you to pick up a book and read? Let me know in the comments!
Wishing you happy, productive writing 🙂