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Blurbs

Last month, we explored how to come up with titles that will not only match your story, but will also captivate potential readers. You can find that activity here. Additionally, all previous topics can be found in the FanFic Con Directory, for your convenience. This month, we will be talking about blurbs.


What is a blurb?

A blurb is usually written to accompany a piece of creative work. In essence, it is meant to serve as a short promotional piece about said work. Blurbs can be written by the author, the publisher, or can even be comprised of short quoted praises from others who admired the piece. Of course, there are a few things that you should take into consideration when writing a blurb:

1. Hint at the plot – the blurb should hint at the plot without going into too much detail. However, it also shouldn't be too vague. It should be enough to interest readers by giving them a taste of your unique story.

2. Provide the names and characteristics of key characters – the blurb should state who the main characters are and list their defining features so readers know who the story is about.

3. Set the scene – the blurb should say when and where the story is taking place, or at least hint at it.

4. Include an air of mystery – the blurb should leave some important question unanswered or introduce a key mystery to ensure that readers become invested and want to know more.

5. Don't tell everything – the blurb is not a summary. It shouldn't be so long that it gives away the entire story. A blurb should be short, to the point, and captivating to readers.

Content source: How To Write a Blurb + Tips, How do you write an interesting and short fanfiction blurb?, Blurb


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What do you think is the most important aspect of a blurb? Do you think that it's more effective to write original blurbs or solely include quotes from other readers who have enjoyed your story? Do you create blurbs for your stories? If so, do you have any tips? If not, is there a reason you haven't written them? Share with us some of your thoughts on blurbs, if you're comfortable!


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What do you think is the most important aspect of a blurb? Do you think that it's more effective to write original blurbs or solely include quotes from other readers who have enjoyed your story? Do you create blurbs for your stories? If so, do you have any tips? If not, is there a reason you haven't written them? Share with us some of your thoughts on blurbs, if you're comfortable!



I think the most important aspect of the blurb is that it leaves you wanting more.as far as originality I think that is an important aspect of the good blurb too, no one needs to hear the same old thing time and time again. I have never considered writing burbs for my own stories, but that is an excellent way of reeling in more readers I think.

 

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I think the most important aspect of a blurb is to entice the audience to read your story. I think it is analogous to text that gives intriguing hints about what is to come, so that you can’t put the book down even though you previously decided you would take a break at the end of the chapter. Next thing you know, you’re reading the next chapter! I think original blurbs are more effective. I would only be swayed by endorsements of well-known people that are considered experts in the topic or if the endorsements were made by personal friends or family members. I would not be swayed by the opinions of random people that I don’t know. The only time that I’m really swayed by public opinion is if there are ratings of the piece. If 90 out of 100 people have given a rating of 5 out of 5, I may take notice and decide to read it myself.

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I think that the most important aspect of a blurb is that it intrigues the reader and tempts them to buy the book or read the story online or on their device such as a Kindle or whatever. I prefer original blurbs rather than quotes from other readers who have read the story, although sometimes it is very impressive to see that respected critics and journalists give high praise for a book. It obviously helps to sell books, because otherwise the publishers would not be doing that. The most common way seems to be to do a combination of blurb plus quotes of praise from readers.

I have created blurbs for quite a few stories that I published at Fan Fiction forum. I hope that it helps the reader decide whether they want to read to story or not. The important thing is not to give away spoilers or plot twists. I prefer to let the readers discover all that for themselves when they read the story!
 

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Do you think that it’s more effective to write original blurbs or solely include quotes from other readers who have enjoyed your story?
It gives you hints about what you’re going to read. It’s a quick check on the book to see if you really want to read it. I don’t write but when I’m choosing a book to read, I first check out the blurb to make sure it’s something I want to read.


Do you create blurbs for your stories?
I rather have a blurb, I don’t like reading a book and find I don’t like it once I get to the middle of the book.


If so, do you have any tips?
No, I don’t write stories.


If not, is there a reason you haven’t written them?
None, except if I read a blurb make it an honest blurb.


Share with us some of your thoughts on blurbs, if you’re comfortable!
I’m not a writer and that’s the reason why I haven’t written a blurb.
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