Hi everyone! I’m @RebeccaSky, your host for May’s chat/workshop. I’m a little excited about this workshop so I’m posting a few days early! Writing on Wattpad is a great way to get your work in front of readers and grow your audience. But how exactly do you catch their attention? One of the things that kept coming up in our Grow Your Audience chat is your story blurb! So we thought that this month we’ll do a workshop for your story blurbs! Answer the questions, share your blurbs and comment on each others with your thoughts (please remember to be constructive and kind!)
I can’t wait to read your blurbs!
Meet the Wattpad4!
From left to right:
- Lindsey Summers @DoNotMicrowave author of Textrovert & The Trouble with Friendship
- Fallon DeMornay @FallonDeMornay author of The Stiletto Sisterhood & Out of Focus
- L.D.Crichton @LDCrichton author of All Our Broken Pieces & Enchantment of Emma Fletcher
- Monica Sanz @DistantDreamer, author of Seventh Born & Mirror Bound (Witchling Academy Series)
- Rebecca Sky @RebeccaSky author of Arrowheart and Heartstruck (The Love Curse series)
INTRO: The content of a story’s blurb to attract readers and a query letter are often the same thing or slightly tweaked versions of each other. Whether you’re trying to attract readers or a literary agent, it’s important to have a good descriptive account of your story! This month we’ll be doing a blurb workshop to help you hone the key components of your story and package it in a way readers can’t resist clicking to find out more!
- Blurb opening: What is your story hook?
*a hook is something that sparks reader curiosity. Try answering the following questions: What is your: conflict, compelling question, twist on the expected, personal connection, and/or unique setting?
Other questions to consider:
Is your hook alluring? Is it designed to catch the readers you want?
Here’s an example from one of my story blurbs:
The next part of the blurb are your story stakes! And should include answers to the following questions:
2. Tell us about your main character!
3. What is your main characters Problem? (This is a capital P Problem because it is a driving factor of the story!)
4. How can your main character solve the problem?
5. What’s standing in their way?
6. Now that you have your hook and your answers to the above questions, put it all together:
Here’s an example from @elatimerwrites debut novel (a former member of Wattpad4 and brilliant writer!):
Here’s the full example from my story that I showed earlier for the hook:
Now it’s your turn, share your story blurb with us:
Try to comment on at least two other blurbs too! So we can get this workshop really swinging!
BONUS CONTENT FOR QUERYING AUTHORS: If you are looking to query agents, I’ve put together a Query How To for Wattpad authors querying Wattpad stories. You can find that here!