IWSG Nov 3: What’s Harder? Title or Blurb?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. 

The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are: Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery!

QUESTION: What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

ANSWER: Without a doubt, the blurb is the hardest.


I have a question, what is the purpose of a writing prompt? Is it to expand our vocabulary? Stimulate our imagination? I’m asking because I manage a small writer’s group and each month we respond to a prompt.
I’m curious,  is this example a writing prompt? Why? Continued…

“You’re visiting the top-secret facilities of a candy conglomerate. When your escort’s attention is diverted, you open an unmarked door and step inside. As alarms start going off, you notice…”

Thank you for visiting. I look forward to your comments.

19 thoughts on “IWSG Nov 3: What’s Harder? Title or Blurb?

  1. Hi,
    I tried to comment on your blog last month but each time I went to it, I got nothing. Today, I can get to it perfectly. Just wanted you to know.
    Now about your question: There are many kinds of prompts. I like the ones that encourage you to write a story and therefore I write for the WEP six times a year. In my opinion, prompts help you improve your writing voice, your styles and also gives you the chance to learn from the other writers participating.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat,
      I’m grateful you checked back this month. I’m been working the Website and managed to break it. I’m in the process of creating a brand new site. It’s a huge learning curve!
      I’m just learning what you already know: ” There are many kinds of prompts.” I never gave it a thought. Upon reflection, I figured anything that stimulated the imagination and writing was a prompt. Obviously, it’s a bit more refined. Thanks very much for visiting and sharing your insight with me.

  2. It all depends are where you are as a group. If seasoned writers, then absolutely go for the development of story and voice. If you’re young writers or new to writing, maybe concentrate on the structure of writing, on learning the immensity of putting words together on a page. But it’s all a matter of choice. Through discussion maybe the group can decide where their focus should be.

    1. Hi Joy,
      A group discussion is a great idea. Our members love this part of our gathering. Everyone gets a chance to express their writing creativity because we limit to two or three sentences. Thank you for expanding my idea and purpose of prompts.
      Thanks for visiting and co-hosting this month. I know this is a very busy time for you.

  3. I agree with Alex – a prompt stimulates ideas. I’m more likely to be inspired by an image than a written prompt. When I have an idea, the first thing I look for is cover art. Just how my brain works.

  4. Some great advice already!
    I would add that the best prompts allow writers to practice their craft. That’s why there are so many different ways to approach a writing prompt. I love the writing prompts on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website (in the form of contests), for example, because I’m a children’s book author. However, most other writing prompts, which would be great for other genre authors, don’t spark my creativity.

    So, as you decide your group’s focus, you might take into consideration the different genres your group writes in.

    1. Hi JEN,
      I very much appreciate you input; especially the importance of different genres. The answers to this prompt question has been most helpful. We’ll discuss this topic during our next gathering. I’ll invite folks to read these replies.
      Thank you very much for visiting.

  5. That is absolutely a writing prompt, Lynn. I think prompts just try to offer the mind a place to begin. Just use them as a starting point and go off where your mind creates your own situation, tension, and characters. All best to you!

    1. Hi Victoria,
      Ah, I was thinking the same thing: “… prompts just try to offer the mind a place to begin…” That is one reason the variety of answers is so interesting. IWSG blog hop at it’s finest. LOL
      Thank you for your comment and co-hosting this month.

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