Creating Two New Novels. Writing One Chapter Weekly. Podcasting As I Go. Welcome to The Experiment.
I was told that I make writing a blurb sound easy. It is! What’s not easy is letting go of the pressure that comes with it. “The blurb sells your book.” “Your blurb decides if the agent will request the whole manuscript.” The blurb, the blurb, THE BLURB.
Breathe. Let go of all of that pressure. Pretend your blurb is just another paragraph in your story that you are excited to write. For now, it’s just you, your story, and your ideas about how to summarize it. No expectations other than getting something on paper.
My first step: I find the main points in the story. Here are mine for, Enough for Four:
I LOVE that you’ve nailed down the plot and where the story is going. I wouldn’t change anything about that. I think it has great potential for being interesting, moving, entertaining, all that good stuff 🙂 And the blurb is very straightforward.
1) Have you considered making a couple the focus of the blurb? (I’ll think about it…I didn’t want one couple to be front and center. This is poly after all!)2)
Or maybe comparing the men to each other? Dominic feels … but Carson would never…(I felt comparing the men would put the focus on them, which I felt was the wrong direction.3) Or introducing one couple and then the other and then making us wonder how they will take to each other. (I though this balanced out suggestion #1. Both couples will be equally important.)….I don’t know. It’s a complicated web … whew, girl but that also means there’s a million different ways you can tackle this.
But I think the blurb is missing the human factor, the emotions that drive the characters. Make me feel like I understand where they’re coming from.
Lily couldn’t have picked a better husband. Dominic allows her to fulfill her desire to be with him and her desire to have girlfriend. She has the best of both worlds. (Who can’t relate to feeling like they’ve found, “The One” for them?)
Through a chance meeting, Ava is excited to have potentially found happiness in Lily after years in a difficult marriage. Equally thrilled, Lily flies across the Midwest to meet Ava face to face. (Can you relate to the excitement of moving from a bad relationship to a good one? Or just being thrilled to meet someone for the first time?) However, Lily has one big challenge: remain platonic until she is able to convince Ava’s husband, Carson, that love does not have to be limited to two. (So, things won’t be so smooth sailing…)
Lily’s presence in their lives stirs up arguments and secrets which Ava and Carson rather not deal with. (More bumps in the road) It also causes issues in her own marriage that she never knew existed to come to the surface. (Even more bumps in the road)Forced under one roof, Lily, Ava, Carson, and Dominic try to abide by their own rules of what is right and wrong. (Intriguing…) But when unintended passions rise, none one is able to walk away. (Intrigued! Hopefully!)
When an asteroid threatens to crash into the earth, NASA sends a team of misfit oil drillers to outer space to drill into it and place a bomb inside of the hole that will hopefully shatter the asteroid before the asteroid shatters the earth.