Well, I tried to write a blurb – for Emma’s Story. It was trickier than I thought.
Originally I’d meant to write up a few different ones to see what I could do about presenting the story from various angles with focus on different things. I have a some good ideas for things that I would like to try.
Going from the idea to the actual blurb was more difficult than I’d anticipated and it took me all evening just to get one blur together. It goes like this:
Emma wants a family. She wants to get married, have some kids, and live a pleasant, quiet life like her mother and grandmother before her. It’s the way it’s meant to be.
Torkel has proposed. He’s strong and healthy, and he’s Emma’s best friend since as long as she can remember. There’s an empty burrow in the village for them to move into.
It should be easy, but it’s not.
And then there’s the bear. Come down from the mountains it scares the villagers and makes their forest unsafe. In the middle of winter, the summer magic of the village elder is not enough to drive it off.
Together, Emma and Torkel set out to bring help from other villages nearby.
If you’ve read the story already (first draft is available here) you’ll notice that the blurb hints at a different story than the one that’s actually told. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
There’s nothing in the blurb that isn’t in the story, and as far as the story is concerned, the things mentioned in the blurb are accurate. They’re just not what the story really is about.
So why did I write it like that then?
I don’t want to lie to readers, but I also don’t want to give away too much of the story. If you’ve read the story I think you know what I mean. It’s difficult for me to give a good description of it without giving away details that are better discovered through reading it.
The blurb sets the stage for the story, but I feel that it also sets the wrong expectations. There’s a hint of some kind of big relationship drama with lots of romantic tension – potentially even a triangle drama depending on who the couple might encounter once they reach their destination.
Again, if you’ve read the story, you know that’s not the case.
Yes. I’ll rewrite the thing at some point. I just got surprised by how complicated it actually was compared to what I’d thought. I’m glad I found that out now, and not the last evening before its time to publish. Now I can spend some more time musing on it and figuring out what’s really important.
In completely unrelated news, I accidentally discovered that mixcloud links can be shared in this way too:
Looks kind of neat, right? I wasn’t able to figure out how to get the big picture back if you click the image back to start the music, but it looks kind of neat before you do. Makes the (admittedly minor) effort of picking out a nice photo for the mix a little more worthwhile.