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I have found my stumbling block, my weak spot, my Achilles heel. It's the book blurb, describing my story in an interesting but brief way.
It doesn't matter if I'm working on the elevator blurb or the bookstore blurb, whatever I write comes out sounding like a first grader wrote it.
This book is gud. The people are pretty. The girl kisses the boy. That makes them both happy. The end.
Ugh! I really dread this part of writing. I keep reading articles about it, hoping something will click. So far nothing has.
At eHow they tell me to "Keep it short" and "Quickly summarize the basic plot, but don't give too much away." Yeah but I already knew that.
At Suite101 I learn "The blurb needs to be easy to read and digest in a very short space of time." Again, nothing I didn't already know.
The Creative Penn informs me that I need to name and characterize my main characters, give an idea of the setting, evoke images and hint at some mystery.
Sigh... I have to wonder if I am the only one who hates this. Why does it have to be so difficult? How do you handle it? Does it come easily or do you fight it like I do?
Hmmm, maybe I should just pay someone to write it. Any takers? ;-)