Over 63,000 words are boiled down to just 126. This is how many words I used to describe my book for the back cover of The Thornless Rose: Fire Blush. Getting this far into self-publishing my novel has made me acutely aware of the immense pressure that we, as writers, face trying to persuade readers to pick up our book or download it. It takes just a handful of words to capture their attention and intrigue them to open up our work of art.
And it IS a work of art. Don’t think that words on a page are merely black and white. No, we paint with words. We plant seeds of scenes and faces into the minds of our readers. We give their imaginations the tools to create the world we envisioned as we typed until our fingers cramped and our stomachs ached from lack of food. Pushing through fatigue and restlessness, we sloshed through the miles and miles of notes in notebooks, on our laptops, our phones, and even on napkins.
The beauty of what we create comes in all forms. From a piece of work as grand as an epic tale or a subtle as a haiku, we strive to make the reader feel what we feel and see what we see. The description of a road or the trees can take just a few words or pages. We turn the black and white into hues of blues, oranges, greens, reds, and every color in between. The art is on every single page and continues to live on through the reader’s thoughts and reviews.
I write this for more myself than anyone else, but maybe someone else needs to read them. Maybe there is a writer out there struggling through a storyline or trying to craft the perfect sentence. You can do it. Keep pushing through. Remember, you are an artist and have the tools you need to create your masterpiece.