Wednesday, November 3, 2021

My November IWSG post and writing blurbs

 

Last month I wrote a couple of picture books, researched for a non-fiction book and wrote a few chapters of a creative non-fiction book. I also caught up with my reading and followed up with a few editors who had my submissions.

Sadly, I had to yet again postpone my participation for NaNoWriMo as November also has our main festival Diwali, its tomorrow - 4th November. The days preceding Diwali are hectic, shopping, pujas, cleaning the house, distributing sweets, making rangolis, visiting friends and relatives, the innumerable phone calls, the list is endless. This continues for a few days after Diwali too.

IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month.

IWSG was started by Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, and many more on the way. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this wonderful group and some writing related posts. Don’t forget to visit Amazing Alex’s blog and to read the other IWSG posts here.

November 3 question – What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

The awesome co-hosts for the November 3 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie LeesJoylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe and Lee Lowery!

Writing the blurb. Titles come to me very easily, its as though someone dropped them into my head. Writing the blurb makes me tear my hair out in frustration, I have to do several versions and revise and tweak so often that I go mad. Even then, I’m never happy with the blurbs I have written. I feel my blurbs just don’t do justice to my story.

What about you all?

 

 


18 comments:

  1. After all of that work, I hope the Diwali festivities are fun and amazing.
    Good, someone else I can go to for help with titles.

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  2. Happy Diwali! I wish titles came easy to me too. I'm like Alex. I need help with them.

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  3. I haven't done NaNo for a couple of years now, and I kind of miss it.

    Happy Diwali!

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  4. I've never gotten to do NaNo. Although your festival sounds more enjoyable.

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  5. I haven't perfected blurb writing either - it's such a frustrating task!

    Happy Diwali! I've taught a few students over the years who celebrate Diwali and it's a fun & busy time!! Enjoy!

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  6. Happy Diwali. A title can be as simple as one word, which can be hard enough, but that 'blurb'. How much is too little, or not enough, sigh.

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  7. I saw Diwali on my Mac calendar and hadn't a clue. Now I do. I sounds like a wonderful celebration of lights. I like the shopping part too. And maybe you can send that 'someone' who drops ideas into your head my way next time I need a title.

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  8. I'm the same as you. Wishing you a happy November.

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  9. I do love tweaking a book blurb until it's perfection. It takes awhile. Sometimes those titles do just drop in your lap!

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  10. Sounds like your November is way too busy for NaNo. Blurbs are beasts.

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  11. I'm with you--titles are much easier.

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  12. Happy Diwali! Blurbs seem like everyone's biggest nightmare. It's like precis writing in school - formulaic and restricting. I think that's the reason why blurbs read like instruction manuals - everyone hates writing them.

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  13. I hope you get to enjoy the festivities. Blurbs are usually harder for me, too.

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  14. Happy Diwali! My neighbors were shooting off fireworks to celebrate. I'm with you regarding the blurb. So much harder to write one of those than come up with a title.

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  15. It is very hard to write a blurb that does justice to the book - but then I also find it hard to write a book that does justice to the original vision I had. It's a sliding scale. Hope you enjoyed Diwali even with the hectic preparations!

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  16. I admit that blurbs and titles are welcome challenges for me. It's like baking a cake. I know all the ingrediants to make it and (r)eating it is just as fun!

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth Mueller¨*•.♥

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