Talking about your story

Talking about your story

Anyone who has written a book or a series can go on and on about it, but you don’t always have a lot of time if you’re trying to get someone interested. Once you caught someone’s attention, you can go into more detail, but how do you do that?

My trilogy, The Oracles of Kurnugi, was about a boy named Henry who falls into the land of human imagination known as Kurnugi. He’s able to do this because, before he was born, his parents thought they were sterile. Because of that, they dreamed of him and imagined him long before he was real. This gave him an imaginary component that enabled him to enter the place where all the stories are real. After he discovers that he can’t get home, he seeks out the three fates of Greek mythology. They tell him that he is the hero, and with every story, the hero must finish his quest before he can go home. They advise him to seek out the three Oracles, Past, Present, and Future to learn who has been waging a war to claim human imagination. The the Oracle of the Future is the Oracle of Delphi who sends Henry to the story of Snow White and the Oracle of the Present, the Magic Mirror. He has to find a link between the stories to cross over. He uses Hera’s apples of immortality, which have been corrupted. They are the same poisonous apples that Snow White eats. After helping to fight a war against Snow White’s wicked stepmother, the Mirror sends Henry to Norse mythology and the Oracle of the Past, Mimir’s Well. Dwarves exist in both stories, so he gets to Norse mythology by crossing through the dwarven homeland. From the Oracle of the Past, he is able to turn the tide in a battle against the gods themselves.

Now that is a very long description. It has a lot of extraneous information. What I need to do is pick out a few important details. Those are below.

  • Henry falls into the land of human imagination.
  • To get home, he has to finish a quest.
  • He goes into Greek mythology, the story of Snow White, and Norse mythology.

That’s it. Everything else is extra. Keep in mind, I’m not trying to tell the story. I’m trying to get someone interested enough to want to read the story. That’s a very important distinction. If they seem a little interested, I can add a tidbit about what the Oracles are to draw them in, but the three points above are the essentials, so let me distill them.

Henry falls into the land where all the stories are real. After starting in Greek mythology, he goes through the story of Snow White, and finally into Norse mythology, searching for the Oracles that can tell him how to get home.

I can probably do a little better than that. The second sentence is a little too long for how little it tells you.

Henry falls into the land where all the stories are real. He has to fight Medusa, battles Snow Whites wicked stepmother, and leads a war against Thor and the other Norse gods before he can go home.

There’s a little bit of flavor added in there. I mentioned Thor because he’s the Norse god most readily identifiable. Another method is to catch the theme of the work and not tell anything about the actual story. This series is about a boy who falls into a fantasy world full of gods and monsters. This boy, because his is partially imaginary, can do things that neither those who are fully imaginary nor fully human can. Therefore, to capture the theme:

Percy Jackson in Narnia.

I can’t really get any shorter than that.

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