Wattpad Tutorial: how to write a great summary

Wattpad Tutorial: how to write a great summary

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Franceschapman By fchapman Completed

So you've got a great story, characters you love, a plot which grips you. You want to share your story with the world; you're excited about it, and you want people to read it. But you feel like they land on your page and lose interest as soon as they read your summary.

This seems to be a recurring problem. Here are five easy steps to follow to make your summary stronger, and to get more readers.  

Disclaimer: this is not official or endorsed by Wattpad in any way; I've just made it up to help other writers.

My creds: I'm an editor and freelance writer. I've lost count of the number of blurbs and summaries I've written or edited. I'm happy to help out with your summaries if you PM me.

For what it's worth, I think writing summaries is one of the hardest parts of being a writer. We're writers, not salesmen - it's hard to put yourself in the mindset of the reader, to write something that will hook them.

I write mainly teen fiction so my advice is skewed towards that, but I think the advice works for all genres and categories. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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NotHoldingOntoYou NotHoldingOntoYou Jan 29, 2017
I disagree. Some people like to start writing and just have their story go where they'd like to without planning it all out.
Killjoy_5 Killjoy_5 Dec 09, 2016
I picked up Harry Potter long ago.....
                              (Any one catch that? No? Okay)
-prettylittlehotmess -prettylittlehotmess Jan 01, 2016
I literally just picked up twilight to look at the blurb ~ then i put it down and read this sentence