I was recently asked to provide a book blurb for my novel Our Romantic Getaway in 25 words or less—including the title. As the queen of verbiage, this was no easy task.
I started out with 375 words, and then cut it back to 180. That was the easy breezy part. Then I copied and pasted, added and deleted for a while, and whittled it down to 100. How was I going to shave off another 75 words?
Try as I could, the 25 word blurb was not progressing well at all.
I applied my old grade school lesson of who what when why where. This was actually quite helpful.
With some major who what when why and whereing, I was finally able to get to 25 words exactly! It was a time consuming and laborious exercise, but the creation of a succinct 25 word pitch was eventually accomplished as follows:
Our Romantic Getaway: A couple’s vacation goes awry when they are bumped to a risqué nude resort. Can their marriage survive the bizarre, eye-opening experience?
My 25 word accomplishment got me thinking of all kinds of things I could narrow down.
A bathroom reminder for my husband: Roll toothpaste from bottom, toilet seat down, wipe sink, use your towel, toilet paper goes over, clean toothpaste off mirror, change light bulb if dark.
(I was so proud of this one that I wrote it on a post it and stuck it on the bathroom mirror.)
Important kitchen reminders: Garbage pickup Tuesday and Friday, no dirty dishes in sink, write grocery list legibly, do not overflow trash can, dining room table not for storage.
(I was getting pretty good at this 25 word blurb thing so I really went on a roll.)
Thirteen major no no’s: Don’t gossip, spit in public, be greedy, curse, lecture, slouch, be cheap, crack knuckles, blow nose in restaurants, bite nails, talk with mouth full, procrastinate.
Life lessons for my kids Yoda style: Text and drive do not. Seek advice you must. Your mother and father honor. Your best try. Fair life is not. To dope say nope.