Monday, December 5, 2011

30 Second Elevator Blurb

Hi everyone. As always, thanks for stopping by. Here is a fun little exercise I learned from one of my Yahoo! Writer's Groups. You can do this in your spare time (what's that?).

Make a keyword list. Then make a book synopsis using lots of those keywords. In fact, for fun, use them all! But NO MORE THAN THREE SENTENCES. Yes, that's right. Your book in three sentences. It may be the worst synopsis/blurb you've ever written. See if you can make us understand what the heck you're book is about.

Here's my blurb I made from my list of key words:

A scientific breakthrough in Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, is stolen by a group of misguided M.I.T. graduate students who wish to usher in a global science-based oligarchy leading the way with breakthroughs in physics, biochemistry, and nanotechnology. As the death toll mounts, Chase Manhattan and a multi-faceted cast of characters must battle this skilled team of killers on both coasts in a desperate race to control or destroy a discovery which threatens life as we know it. Greed, betrayal, murder, mayhem, spiritual contemplation, and unconditional love define the power-play struggle in this fast-paced suspense thriller of technology gone too far.

* Battle
* Betrayal
* Biochemistry
* Breakthrough
* Chase Manhattan
* Death
* Desperate race
* Destroy
* Discovery
* Einstein-Rosen Bridges
* Fast-paced
* Global science-based oligarchy
* Greed
* Killers
* M.I.T. graduate students
* Mayhem
* Multi-faceted
* Murder
* Nanotechnology
* Power-play struggle
* Physics
* Science
* Spiritual contemplation
* Stolen
* Suspense
* Technology
* Threatens
* Thriller
* Unconditional love
* Wormholes

Feel free to leave your three sentence blurb (no matter how good or bad it sounds) or other exercises you use in the comments. Have a great week.

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Anne Duguid Knol said...

Yep retweeted. This is fun. No time to stop and do it as yet but I shall as soon as I can.

Karen Cioffi said...

Stephen, great information. I love this concept. I'll be linking to this post, and of course sharing it.

Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

Shirley Corder said...

Looks like a good way to assemble a blurb. Thanks. I've tweeted it but no time to do it right now.

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'll be doing a link back on my next blog.

Surprisingly, all this took was about thirty minutes. Just think of the words and adjectives that describe your book, put them in alphabetical order (easier for me to work this way), then put them together in a way that makes sense. Refine as necessary.

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

Loved it and shared it.

Margaret Fieland said...

This sounds like a fun exercise. How do you come up with the list of keywords?

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