Yesterday, my family and I returned home from our road trip. If you’ve been following along with me, you know that I made the decision to not write while I was away. I allowed myself time to write on the drive up to Maine, but otherwise, spent my time with my family.
With the release of Everything I Want coming soon, I decided to read through Stone and Monroe’s story on the drive back home to Pennsylvania. I’ve been so caught up in writing Elle and Levi’s story that writing my book description for Everything I Want seemed nearly impossible without reading the book again.
Here are two things I learned:
1. I absolutely despise writing book descriptions. I never cared for it much on the first two books and I didn’t like doing it for this one, either. In this case, I’m essentially needing to take a book that has nearly 120,000 words written to tell the entire story and needing to condense it into a 200-300 word blurb that is meant to entice readers. What if I miss putting some detail into the description that would have made more people read the book? Or what if I put something in that makes people not want to read the book? How do I decide?
Quite honestly, I was half-tempted to write the following:
This is a contemporary romance novel. It has a hero and a heroine. Something prevents them from diving right in to the happily-ever-after ending that you know is coming. The story has ups and downs, but in the end they get their shit together and figure it out. You should experience a wide range of emotions and may find yourself laughing one minute and crying the next. The supporting characters will add a great deal of depth to the story and shouldn’t be discussed in this blurb, but just know that they are in the book and they make it even better.
You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover; this includes the words written on the back. Buy this book, read the story, and fall in love with the words inside.
Of course, I didn’t actually write that as the book description. That said, don’t rule it out as a possibility for an upcoming book. I’m slightly intrigued at the response I might receive.
2. It is possible to cry when you read (for the third time) a story that you’ve written, even though you already know what happens.
My husband was driving along and glanced over at me. I looked up and defensively said, “What?”
“Are you crying?”
Annoyed that I even had to explain myself, I huffed, “I’m emotionally involved with these people! What do you want from me?”
“You mean, you’re emotionally involved with fictional people to the point you cry when you already know what happens?”
I gave him a scathing look and answered, “Yes.”
Then, I got back to reading because I was NOT in a good place.
I’m good now. I finished reading the story; I wrote my book description. Tomorrow, I’m hoping to give you all a little bit of news before you head into the long weekend.
Enjoy the ride, loves!!