I should be the last person to comment here because my blurbs suck but then again I’ve been in the same position as you, and maybe I still am. I just relate so much to this that I have to comment I definitely feel you. I’ve spent literal hours—much more than five, I know for a fact—researching blurbs, reading articles on how to write blurbs, and rewriting blurbs, but none of them turn out right. Just when I think it’s fine, someone points out issues in my blurb, then I rewrite it, then someone else points issues with that one, and so on. It’s a horrible cycle and I hate them with a passion
That being said, I sort of know how to write a barely passable one? If it’s even passable, lol. So this is just a really basic formula:
First 1–2 Paragraphs: You may or may not want to start with a 1–2 sentence punchline or question to pull the intrigue in. Introduce the main characters, the setting, set up the situation basically.
Middle Paragraphs: Introduce the conflict, the twist, why the characters are involved, something like that.
Ending Paragraphs: What may happen because of the conflict and stuff stated in the middle paragraphs, hypotheticals, maybe an ending “punchline” or question to wrap things up.
Another tip that may or may not help is to avoid stuff in blurbs like “Read to find out!” or “Will they or won’t they?” Idk, I’m a lost cause at this point.
If it helps here are the blurbs for my current stories. The first three blurbs are from the same fantasy series—Books 1, 2, and 3—while the last is one of the hardest blurbs I’ve ever written and it’s still not good enough, I will rewrite it again someday when I have more time
The quietest towns always hold the most magical secrets.
That was what thirteen-year-old Stella learned when she was sent to stay with her Aunt Celestine during the summer. During her stay in the sleepy town of Oppidula, Celestine gives Stella an heirloom bracelet. She fastens it around her wrist and makes her promise to not take it off.
Soon, Stella learns that there is more to the bracelet than its family legacy. A morning stroll around the small town and a chance encounter with two new friends reveals secrets beyond her imagination.
First, Oppidula hides a portal to another world.
Second, her bracelet gives her powers.
And third, she’s not the only one with such jewelry.
Under the tutelage of a group of elders, Celestine included, Stella and her new friends embark on a journey to master their powers. However, not everyone is happy to know that a few humans have access to abilities. One of them is hell-bent on stopping them entirely… and last time, he was very close to doing so.
Actions, well-intended or not, have consequences. Some of them may be deathly.
One year after the events that happened at Otrâlmondé, the trio reunites in Paris to spend the summer together. When they’re not busy sightseeing with their families or hanging out in Eddie’s home, the three would head to Nitea to further their training. It seemed that their vacation would go about normally… minus the realm-hopping.
Until a hidden curse turns a human girl into glass. And it might be Eddie’s fault.
With only two weeks to spare before the curse becomes permanent, the trio and their allies go on a scavenger hunt to find a cure. However, with their relatives close by to watch their every move, leaving Earth and coming back unnoticed will not be easy. Will the trio manage to break the curse in time, and do so without getting caught?
Some things are better left buried.
Two years after the events of The Hidden World of Nitea, the Realm Seekers reunite for their first official mission: accompany a royal on a top-secret journey. They first head to the Kingdom of Serpania to meet with Princess Selenia. After gathering in a private room, the Princess divulges the remaining details surrounding their trip.
The Kingdom of Draconyn was a once-prosperous land inhabited by dragon shifters. Thousands of years ago, a group of mages sealed Draconyn under a powerful curse. The kingdom has since been barren, forgotten, and even wiped from history. The trio and Princess Selenia are to find Draconyn’s remains and break the curse. After a lengthy briefing, the princess makes them promise to not tell anyone of their plans.
They soon set out, accompanied by a few of the princess’s guards and servants. As the trio and Princess Selenia make their way to the cursed kingdom, a mysterious group of mages continually pursues them, determined to stop them at all costs. However, when a clash between the two parties results in both sides claiming hostages, the trio begins to wonder if there was a good reason why Draconyn was sealed in the first place. Will they aid the princess or abandon their mission?
What’s worse than a past that comes back to haunt you? One you don’t even know.
In the realm of Idelhen, where wild monsters threaten to wipe out mankind, being a gifted is both a blessing and a burden. As the only ones born with special abilities - and thus the only ones who can slay beasts - all gifteds are forced to become guardians and protect the rest of humanity. While most oblige, a particularly powerful gifted has rejected that path.
Damon the Demonic has been terrorizing the realm for years, using sorcery to mold monsters out of stone and shadow. Having amassed more power than most gifteds combined, it’s a matter of time before he removes the last obstacle in his way: Arden Mægenstern, Idelhen’s strongest guardian.
Until Edin comes into the picture.
Soon after awaking in a stranger’s bedroom, with no memories of his past prior to his rescue by Arden, Edin begins training under her tutelage and works with her to regain his memories. A fateful encounter with a wild beast deems him worthy of being a guardian, and his sheer power promises an end to Damon’s terror. However, just as he’s thrust onto the battlefield, he realizes that there are other monsters than the feral creatures he’s forced to face.
And they’re waging a war within him.
As Edin’s inner demons and obscure past creep out of the shadows, the world wonders whether he really is Idelhen’s next hope or its demise in disguise. Only blood will tell.
Oh, and fun fact, back in the old Wattpad forums I opened a thread asking for blurb help. Someone came in and though they did have valid feedback, they also called my blurb boring and reading that made me cry I know, I’m a thin-skinned crybaby