One of my biggest struggles in writing is summarizing. Figuring out in a few paragraphs how to describe my story. How do I condense an over 100,000 word story into 500 words? Less if I'm doing a query letter. This is a big deal too! A lot of agents think if a writer can't write a 200 word query effectively describing their story then chances are the story won't be that good either.
Bad news for me eh?
I really struggle with queries and short summaries of any of my stories. I can't figure out what to say. I can figure out a hook - an opening sentence to entice readers to continue. Being Human is For Tommy life is simple, revolving around one thing: Survival. Not bad, I think. It tells the reader something important about Tommy and hopefully makes them wonder. Especially when they see the next few sentences. For JJ's story his hook is JJ has a secret, he's not like other boys. After that I'm clueless. Especially since I know what both stories are about. I know everything Tommy goes through and I'm in the process of writing JJ's adventure but describing either in a few short paragraphs... I can't find the words. Not a single one. It's not just those two stories either but every story I've written. Writing a description stumps me.
You can see why that's bad news for me. Especially with all the hard work I've put into Being Human. The story really has come a long way and I've had positive comments from people who have read samples and friends who have read the whole story. So what do I do? How do I overcome this huge obstacle? Especially since agent or not, I'm going to need a back blurb or front flap description of the story to entice the reader to crack the book open.
Someone do me a favor, go two posts back. Remember that one? Stress reduction kit? I need that right now.