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How to Write a Strong Story Concept (Reverse Book Blurb Exercise)

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Overview

Book blurb — an attention-grabbing summary that’s between one hundred and three hundred word

Writing a blurb ahead of time can provide a clear focal point — and prevent the story from meandering or spiraling out of control.

My blurb-writing process ha...

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3 Steps for Blurb Writing

  1. Pitch List
  2. Test Drive
  3. Redesign

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Pitch List

  • Start by explaining the basic information about the book in straightforward language:
  • Primary genres
  • Audience
  • Tone
  • Main character
  • Core conflict
  • Comparative books, TV shows, movies, or video games

Ask yourself interesting que...

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Test Drive

Inject the summary with a touch of narrative voice that matches the protagonist’s personality or the overall tone of the story. It should included:

Character: Who is the main character? What do they want? What do they stand to lose if they don’t achieve that goal? What is c...

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Blurbs vs. query letters

Blurb: You just need to pinpoint one or two specific details about the protagonist and conflict.

Example...

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Query: They’re aimed directly at someone in the publishing industry.

Example...(Query ...

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Redesign

Approached my concept redesign from three angles:

  1. Plot Redesign
  2. Character Redesign
  3. Setting Redesign

In redesigning your blurb, look at the feedback you received:

  • List the concept’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • What aspects intrigued readers ...

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