Sure, why not?
Let’s learn to write a blurb!
We all need to do it, and practice makes perfect!
Let’s write one for a book or movie we all know, to learn the process. Because while we’re all slapping down words in volume to build a story, a blurb is baiting the hook to get readers to read the story. Completely different.
It’s a tease, a sales pitch, a… baited hook.
In her book Gotta Read It, Libby Hawker says there are 5 steps to a good blurb.
- A Character, who
- Wants something, but
- Something stands in her way, so she
- Struggles against that force, and
- Something important is at stake
We’ve seen something similar to this before.
(3) Hopeful possibility.
(4) Mood, tone or spirit of the story.
The next things Bacon recommends are:
- Make it short.
- Make it dramatic.
Readers want tension in a blurb.
If your blurb doesn’t hook your readers, they’re going to assume your book won’t hook them either.
And we did some of that for my new story. But like anything else, the more you practice it, the better you’ll get.
Let’s try it. Write your own blurb for a well-known movie or book. We will probably all come up with something similar, but we can see who’s we like the best. Vote for the best one by clicking LIKE or just saying you like it. (Write yours before looking at the other ones, or just go ahead and improve on somebody else’s, no problem.)
Here are your movies or books:
2 Hansel And Gretel
3 Schindler’s List
4 The Little Red Hen
5 Jurassic Park
Savvy Stories – Oops! How did that get in there?
6 Chicken Little
7 Tom Sawyer
8 Noah’s Ark
9 The Hunt For Red October
10 The Terminator
Use the Random Number Generator, HERE to select your story. (Spin again if it gives you one you don’t know.)
Pick one and have at it. I’m curious to see what we come up with, and I’ll be posting my latest BIP (Blurb In Process) for The Water Castle soon!
Invite your friends to play along, especially if they are good at blurbs.
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.