Do you have any tips for writing a description for a story?
I spent half an hour forming answer for this, only to realize i read it wrong. So yeah.
Anyway, writing descriptions is kind of hard. You want to draw the reader in, you want them to finish that description, and need to know what happens, make them want the whole story.
So first off all, don’t tell your whole story in one go.
“A is a born and raised city girl who has never known a hard days work in her life, but now that’s she’s 27, newly single, and newly unemployed, she moves to the little town in the middle of no where that her mother grew up in. She knows no one there, but everyone seems to know her. She meets some rude neighbors, a mysteriously familiar face, family she never knew she had, and a devilishly charming police officer. Everything seems great at first, she’s finding peace and comfort and happiness in her new home. But when people start dyeing, it’s up to her to find the killer, whose getting far too close to her, and get things back to normal”
Quick, half-as*ed description. Gave away a little too much. Told you everything you needed to know, and probably more. It’s an okay description. But personally, if I read the description, I wouldn’t really be all that interested. I would feel like I know too much already to find any real enjoyment in discovering the story.
“A has hit a pretty bad spot in her life, and she finds the best way to start over, is to start back at the beginning, and return to her parents home town. In her new home A feels peaceful, happy and content for the first time in years. Sadly, that doesn’t last very long”
Again, a quick, half as*ed description. Same concept, but I reveal a bit less, I give less information, but still valuable information. i give you the same core of the story. Girl moves back to her home town to get away from her current life, but it doesnt go well. This is the description I am more likely to pick up, because it leaves room for curiosity. I read that description and now I think, well, ‘What went wrong with her life that she needed to move?’ , ‘What made her so happy in her new town?’ , “what went wrong there?’ I want to know more.
Give your description the core of your story. GIve just the backbone, and leave the reader wanting to know more. Leave space for curiosity to roam.
If youre really unsure, write a couple of different descriptions, and then show them to someone you trust. A friend, a family member, a teacher/mentor, etc. Let them read the descriptions you wrote, and then ask them, based off those descriptions, which one would they want to read the whole story for?
After all, that is the purpose of that little description. To get someone to read the whole story.
I hope that helps!