ProsePlanner Tips | How to Write a Book Description

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Struggling to find the best way to capture what your book is about in a book description?

Can’t find the words that best describe your story and why someone should read it?

Never fear: There are plenty of resources for your to learn how to craft a great book description that will get readers’ attention.

Kindlepreneur offers a book description generator that is very helpful and definitely worth a try.

Regardless of the tool you use to describe your book, you’ll need to include a few key details.

Remember, book descriptions need to be brief. So start with a short book description and then add additional content if you have the space to do so.

  1. First, start with a hook in your first sentence.
  2. Next, summarize the problem that your main character faces in the story in one sentence. Try to emphasize how this problem is unique.
  3. Finally, summarize how your book fits into a particular genres so that the reader will know what to expect.

ProsePlanner Book Review | The Essex Serpent

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A Victorian woman rebelling against gender stereotypes, the disparities of the wealthy and the poor, love unacknowledged, yearning abated, and supernatural beasts.

Sounds pretty good, right?

Well, then you should read The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry.

I just finished this book, and realized that there is a movie coming out as well. I love that when that happens. I typically don’t read the book and then watch the movie, but in this case I inadvertently will.

Perry weaves an intricate story around the main character, Cora Seaborne, and her travels to the town of Aldwinter in Essex. The prose is beautiful and I could picture the scenes, especially the one with the …

But, wait. You haven’t read it. You should read it!

I can definitely see myself rereading this book in Autumn with the superstitions and dangerous beasts lurking along the water’s edge.

If you’ve read this book, then please feel free to comment below with your thoughts.

ProsePlanner | Character Development Biography

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Developing a quick reference biography for the characters in your novel is an important step in creating robust and interesting characters.

I’ve created my protagonist’s character development profile for a video game that I’m creating. I’m enjoying the journey of learning how to write characters for video games, because it’s helping me understand how to create engaging characters for the novels that I’m writing. I hope you find this information useful for your own characters.

Meet Dr. Dale Swinton:

ProsePlanner | Fictional World Development

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I often think of a story as a collection of facets, like the facets of a gem.

These facets include: genre, theme, storyline, story beats, characters, and world development.

In this blog post, I’d like to talk about fictional world development in your novel.

Developing a unique world is vital to keeping your reader engaged.

For example, as you develop the world you should ask several questions:

What type of world is this?

For example, is this a fantasy or sci-fi world?

Fantasy genres often include: epic, high, dark, or contemporary. Sci-fi genres often include hard, military, space opera, or steampunk. Regardless of the genre, you’ll need describe the type of world you’ll be placing your reader into. Is the world war-torn, dystopic, or newly discovered?

Here’s your chance to push the envelope when it comes to genres and subgenres. The point is to create a special world that the reader can’t wait to be part of.

What does the physical world look like?

Is the world a rainforest, a desert, or a moon in a far-off galaxy?

Imagine how all of your senses would come alive in this world. What do the characters experience: strange weather, extreme temperature, long seasons, switches in the magnetic poles, or strange phenomena? What do your characters smell, hear, taste, and feel when living in this world?

What is the mood and setting of this world?

The mood and setting of your world should match your theme.

For example, if you have a dystopian world, then a dark setting may be most appropriate. However, if you have a war-torn world, then perhaps a chaotic mood and setting would work. The key is the place the reader seamlessly into the world you’ve created and hold them there.

Fictional World Development

I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on Fictional World Development.

Please stay tuned for additional blog posts on developing characters, storyline, story beats, and much more in the future.

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