Welcome back to another writer Wednesday. Today I’d like to discuss blurbs. The thing most of us absolutely hate writing. There has been a lot of discussion on rather blurbing in the beginning stages of writing helps or hinders. Like most things, I think that it is a preference thing.
I know as someone that doesn’t do a lot of plotting I find that blurbs early on can be a benefit. However, I do things a bit different than most people. Often times, when I’m getting ready to compose a rough draft of a novel I write down everything I want to happen in the novel, usually in a long summary form. That way I know what order things to need to happen so I can see the bigger picture. It allows me to spot plotlines that have already been thought about as well as gives me an order of events.
After I have what I feel is a detailed enough summary, that is when I work on the blurb for the novel. I find the combination of the two help to keep me on track when my brain runs into the shiny idea points that it wants to scurry after. It’s enough of a map that I know the direction to which I’m going while it isn’t so binding that it details everything out and bores me.
I would love to get to the point where I have the cover ready to go before the book is written as well so that I have that visual goal to reach for. That is the next step to getting me in order, however, until I prove on a more consistent basis that I will finish the things I set my mind to, I’ll stick to purchasing the covers after the second draft stage.
I’m also still in the works to redo my blog into a more dark fantasy theme. There is a list of things that I need to get set up and get a move on. Until then, how do you handle your writing? Blurb first, or scrape it together afterward? There is no right or wrong, just preference.
See you tomorrow, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.