#IWSG: What makes you sweat – Titles or Blurbs?

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. It’s an opportunity to talk about doubts and fears you have conquered. To discuss your struggles and triumphs and to offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.


November 3 question – What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

Doesn’t it makes you wonder why we put ourselves through all this torture? As if writing the book itself isn’t hard enough, we then get to beat ourselves up with everything else – and book titles and blurbs are just two of those sticks.

I’ve written previously on both these subjects (titles and blurbs – if you’re inclined to read further) but, far from having either subject sorted, I barely scraped the surface in the first- talking about some of the advice I’d collated thus far, and then had a good old complain at how hard it is to do in the second. Of course, our books will get names and blurbs will get written, but because our stories are so precious to us, we want them to have exactly the right title and the perfect blurb, which is what makes it all so terribly hard.

If we’re fortunate, inspiration will strike with the former, and we won’t have to go through the painful process of digging out that title which ticks all the boxes – although whose boxes we’re ticking, isn’t entirely clear to me. As for the blurb, my suspicion is you’re on a hiding to nothing with that, for there will always be those who want more while others will want less.

For me, the pressure for one is internally applied, while the other is external. You can only be frustrated with yourself if you’ve been unable to find exactly the right title, but dealing with the knowledge that readers could be picking apart your blurb, either complaining it told them not enough, or upset as it said too much, will always be out there.

Like I said – torture.

The awesome co-hosts are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery – do take a moment to visit them.


While you’re here, can I tempt you with a #FlashFiction prompt?

Every month, we run a different #FF prompt and this month it’s Mary Sue.

If you’re inspired to give this a go, come back on Sunday morning, when full details will be published.


© Debra Carey, 2021

Author: debscarey

Tweets @debsdespatches My personal blog is Debs Despatches, where I ramble on a variety of topics. I write fiction on co-hosted site Fiction Can Be Fun, where my #IWSG reflections can be found; and my Life Coaching business is Caring Coaching.

6 thoughts on “#IWSG: What makes you sweat – Titles or Blurbs?”

    1. You’re so right James. Overthinking is a curse in all aspects of life, not just a writer’s life. But I think we do it *especially* well 😀

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  1. Someone gave me the best advice about story titles. Write down ten titles you can come up with for your story and pick one that resonates with you best. It always worked for me, if I can’t find my title on the first try.
    Unfortunately, no matter how many good advices and sensible guidelines are there on writing blurbs, none of them ever made it easy for me. I always struggle with blurbs.

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    1. Thanks so much for the suggestion on titles Olga, that makes good sense to me, so will give it a go next time.
      I’ve yet to write a blurb, but I feel the dread building already…

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