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Don’t be Lazy with Your Summaries


This is SO personal opinion, but heaven almighty, there is nothing more off putting than a lazy book summary on Wattpad.


Things I Hate, I mean Dislike Strongly:

1- Dialogue Summaries.
Yeah they might have chosen the greatest, most dramatic scene, and it’s just oh so exciting, but to me it’s lazy. They didn’t want to write one, so they took something from the book and slapped it in there.


2- Cliche
This goes along with number one. Like I said, they chose the “big scene” and everyone chooses the “big scene.” There’s nothing unique about that anymore.


3- Overuse of Questions
Example: What will happen? Will they get together? How can they overcome this? When will they be free to travel the world together? Why should I even care? ---So the last one, was just my response to those questions...
But, a good placed question can work wonder.

So considering this: could this go on the back of a real book? That’s what the summary sections is the introduction to your book. It’s meant to give you a glimpse of the story without giving away major plot points, like a published book.

As a final note, I have given books the benefit of the doubt even when the summary doesn’t appeal to me. Sometimes the story is the same quality and other times, the story is awesome and it’s sucks that other people are probably not going to give it a chance.

The summary and cover are the first impression. So make it a good one.


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