Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Insecure Writers Support Group...

 Holy cow! Can you believe it is the first Wednesday of the month? Not only that, NaNoWriMo has kicked off!

You'll see to the left of this post, I have a counter to show my progress. Here's to hitting 50K words!

But on to IWSG. This month's question is:

What's harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

Man. I am torn on this one. To be honest, I had an easier time naming my children. Sometimes, the book title just presents itself before I even have a story idea. It'll pop into my head and I'll be like, "Okay. Nice, but what is this about?"

Sometimes the title comes to me after I begin writing the story. Sometimes, not at all and then I'm scrambling to ask friends for a book title.

But the BLURB! O..M...G... I absolutely DESPISE having to sum up my story in a few short paragraphs that will make it interesting enough for someone to pick up. Honestly. I'd rather go have my teeth pulled again.

I know people say to pretend you have 30 seconds or less to pitch your book, what would you say? Okay, first of all, I'm becoming more socially awkward in my old age, so I'd be all over the place. I'd be telling them about the book, but then go, "Oh! Wait, I forgot! Before that happens, THIS has to happen! Oh, but so and so does such and such to get there, and then ... wait, no. That came after. Sorry!"

To pare it down, I'd be a hot mess.

A blubbering mass of confusion.

Okay, so the blurb is harder. I had to work through that, I suppose.

All right, enough about me! Go on to read more from other IWSG bloggers! You can find the list here.

Have a great rest of your week!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We ever meet, I promise I won't ask for a blurb of your book!

Nick Wilford said...

Looks like you're off to a flying start to NaNo! Good luck for the rest of the month.

I would totally freeze up if asked to describe my book in 30 seconds too. I feel awkward enough just telling people I'm a writer.

Lee Lowery said...
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Lee Lowery said...

Ideas and titles come to me all the time. But I completely agree - do not ask me to distill 90,000+ words into two paragraphs until I'm ready for the back cover.

Good luck with Nano!

Mel Chesley said...

@ Alex ~ Thank you! It'd be a trainwreck!

@Nick ~ Thank you! I know the feeling. I don't like telling people I'm a writer, either.

@Lee ~ I may have to ask you for some title ideas someday. And thanks!