Could a series of 10 (or 20 or 30) questions be asked and the answers dropped into a template that spits out a winning blurb every time???
We need that.
We need that sooooo bad.
So let’s do it.
it’s generally accepted that it’s easier to write an 80,000 word novel than a 150 word blurb that gets people to wanna read it.
It’s also generally accepted that blurbs are completely evil, torturing you as they laugh and force you to make revision after revision until you can no longer speak or understand English. Words are just black squiggles on a white background. Damn you, squiggles! Damn you!!
Think of all the things a good blurb talks about. The main character and what his/her existing life is and then what the dilemma is in the story, and then however you want to bait the hook to get people to open the book?
Stuff like that?
There should be a handful of questions we should be able to ask to get all the answers, and then a template that we can drop them into that will basically lay out… Well, maybe not a winning blurb, but certainly a good starter. And then from there you have to use your writerly talents.
What do YOU think?
What questions have to be answered in the blurb?
List your ideas below!