It’s the first Wednesday of the month. That means it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day! What has me insecure today?
Well, for one, my blurb is never good enough for me.
She’s the ruler of the broken. He’s the breaker of the rules.
He saved his wife and condemned his world.
MaTisha died in the final battle of the Thanmir War. To revive her, Derek stole the power of the deities. Now, they want it back and demand he be the instrument of his wife’s demise.
Derek tries to flee his fate, but divine wrath isn’t his only problem. A mysterious illness threatens a race presumed immune to everything, endangering his only child. He leaves in search of a cure and a way to circumvent killing his wife.
With Derek gone, MaTisha faces trouble of her own. Istos, immortal monsters from myth, are literally sucking the life out of the population.
She must do something, but resurrection’s changed her. She’s lost her power, her guardians, and her self-control is slipping. An insatiable thirst plagues her, making even her closest companions look tasty.
She’s determined to protect her people, but who will save them from her?
*sigh* Why must blurbing be so hard? In the previous post, C.G. Coppola mentioned there wasn’t a question as to the stakes (also something Chemist Ken brought up). And though I recoil from the use of actual questions in my blurb, I did it anyway. As I sat and thought about literal questions to describe the stakes, I realized that I hadn’t emphasized some of the stakes in the story as much as I could. So after rewriting the blurb, I went back through my story and sprinkled some focus and concern throughout the chapters. Hopefully it’ll be enough to add the focus I’m looking for.
On a more secure note, I have to admit I’m proud of my progress in the digital painting realm. My latest digital painting of MaTisha is far nicer than my previous works of her. Yes, she looks different–I purposefully changed her eye and face shape to give her a softer/rounder appearance. But she matches my mental image of my character better than my other works so I’m okay with that. I still suck when it comes to backgrounds, though. 🙂
I’m skipping the IWSG question of the month (Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?) because I couldn’t think of a good response to it.
How do you feel about blurbs? Have you ever found yourself questioning the stakes enough to go back and edit your story?