‘Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.’ – Gore Vidal
I’ve got the knowing who I am part. I thought I had the not giving a damn part as well, but as I sit and agonize over what I want to say to describe my book I’m becoming damn interested in getting this right and developing words that sing to people.
I’m working on the cover copy and final galley edits of Flashback To The Dragon. I have written and rewritten the three short paragraphs on the back cover to describe my story at leat ten times. How do you take 50,000+ words and condense it into less than 300? And keep the story idea. And make it exciting so that someone reading the back cover will invest in the entire book. And not go crazy while trying to do all that?
I finally finished, coming in at 260 words. I’d buy the book after reading the summary, but then that’s not very objective since I already sincerely love the characters and the story. I’m hoping I hit upon the right combination of words for those who are not so invested.
The next thing I have to work on is my marketing message. I’m told the hook should be 25 words or less. Shit! Now I have to go from 50,000 give or take, to 25. I swear, it was easier writing the novel. Maybe I can take a word off every 7 pages or so, put them all together and try to come up with a sentence like in a modified game of Scrabble – for the sentence. Or maybe I can just use a running list of sounds, like the old Batman series, *Biff* *Zoink* *Bam!* *sigh*
It doesn’t seem to help that there are articles or tips and techniques out there that are meant to help in this process. I think you really have to live the process to learn. I think I need to listen to the words of Gore Vidal and put something down on paper; then stand back and think to myself well I know who I am, what I wanted to say, and I won’t give a damn about the rest of it.
There, I feel better already!