Blurbing and The Technical Aspects of Writing

So I did it. I finished the blurb and the synopsis and sent out Giving Chase and got back to Tri Mates.

This makes me think about the technical aspects of being a writer. Blurb writing is creative, don’t get me wrong. There’s definitely an art to it. But sometimes books seem to elude blurbing. Enforcer’s blurb came to me quickly and I have to say it’s my favorite of all my blurbs so far. Vengeance Due was harder as was Sleight of Hand for different reasons but SOH has two things happening – the drama of attempted murder and the situation between Lissie and Xander so it’s hard to write something short that encompasses that.

But it’s part of the job, you know? You grump about it and then you suck it up and do it because that blurb is important. It’s what lends the reader a glimpse into something they haven’t read and may not have even heard of. It’s not even so much about describing all of the contents as giving a feel for what they’ll be reading.

Of course, once you realize that, it becomes even more daunting even as it becomes second nature. Even now, as I write, I’m blurbing. I didn’t do that a year ago.

I hope I’ll get all second nature with the synopsis next. We’ll see where I am next January, LOL.

6 comments to “Blurbing and The Technical Aspects of Writing”

  1. Sasha White
    January 31st, 2006 at 1:10 pm · Link

    WOW! I haven’t been by in a bit…that January blues thing. But I LOVE the new look!

  2. Lauren Dane
    January 31st, 2006 at 1:16 pm · Link

    Oh thanks! You know what a genius Frauke is!

  3. Anonymous
    January 31st, 2006 at 1:29 pm · Link

    You may touch my monkey.

  4. lili-g
    February 1st, 2006 at 8:02 am · Link

    Ew, anon has a monkey, and actually mentioned it.

    I can’t blurb, never mind synop.
    My mind just doesn’t wittle down that way.

    Sigh. I’m hopeless. Again.

  5. Lauren Dane
    February 1st, 2006 at 8:51 am · Link

    Lili, it’s an acquired skill I think. You do it over and over and eventually get better. Well, blurbing anyway. Synopses are still like dental surgery for me.

    Generally with a synopsis, I write the long one first and then the medium and then the short from that. It helps to distill the story for me and to size down bit by bit, I can really focus on what is truly important. It still sucks, LOL.

  6. Sasha White
    February 1st, 2006 at 5:29 pm · Link

    Fruke did it?? That doesn;t surprise me! I go to her for all my web stuff too. She’s great for keeping things unique to a person, and beautiful too!!