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Monday, May 25, 2015

How to Create an Author Tagline + The Muse Party Blogfest


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An author tagline is a lot like a book tagline, but instead of it describing your story, it describes your writing.

For more information on a book tagline, GO HERE

An author tagline is commonly used at the top of websites and blogs, and in the signature of emails. It’s meant to give readers an idea of who we are and to tell them why we write what we write.
1.    Consider the common themes in your writing. 
Example: romance, mystery 
2.    Consider what tones and moods you use the most.
Example: dark, funny, heart-warming
3.    Do you frequently use the same settings?
Example: small towns, Great Britain, the South

4.    Do you tend to write about the same kinds of characters?
Example: cowboys, tough heroines
After you answer these questions brainstorm tagline ideas using a few of them. Author taglines are short and usually range from three to eight words.

Example: “Cowboy Stories with Heart.” would be perfect for an author who wants to brand him/herself in the romance and western genres.


My tagline is: Thrilling and Romantic with Heroines of Steel.


I've talked about my heroines being "Heroines of Steel" before. I came up with that thanks to a short essay I wrote about the spine surgery I had as a kid. It was titled Woman of Steel.


SHARE: Do you have an author tagline? Share it!


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Sarah Foster and her muse Jordan created this fun blogfest for writers to talk about their muse. Well, how could I pass that up? To see the posts by the other participants, go HERE.

These are the questions:

1. Who is your muse?

My muse goes by the name of Ena, which was also the name of my imaginary friend when I was a kid. Ena tells me that she was my imaginary friend first so she could active my imagination to new, higher levels. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be as creative as I am now.  She went off to Paris when I was about eight and returned as my muse when I was twelve. True story.

2. What are you guys wearing?

I’m wearing black dress pants and a pretty shirt. Ena is in a beautiful dress of soft, pastel colors that blend together over layers of silk. She has her lavender hair flowing down her back between sheer fairy wings.

3. It's a potluck! Did you bring something yummy?

Of course, we did! I brought a cold rice salad, which is a lot yummier than it sounds. And Ena brought her favorite dessert...cheesecake.

4. Open bar! What are you both drinking (booze or otherwise)? 

Booze isn’t really for us, so we’re both enjoying a cup of spiced chai tea with a splash of milk and a bit of sugar.

5. Wallflowers or social butterflies? 

I’m a wallflower, but Ena is a social butterfly. She’ll flit around for me and come back to whisper some ideas into my ear about stories and characters.

6. What song(s) will you and your muse sing for karaoke?

Nsync. We will shout the lyrics at the top of our lungs and not even care what anyone thinks of our performance. Actually, everyone would probably join in. Admit it, you would.

1. Tearin Up My Heart
2.  I Want You Back
3.  Bye, Bye, Bye

7. What's your favorite party game?

Anything with words or something that involves writing or stories. Hey, I’m a writer! What do you expect?

8. Which one of you is more likely to end up dancing on a table top?

Neither of us. We are more restrained than that. We only dance on top of furniture when no one is around. :P

9. Has your muse been a good date and would you ever hang out with them again?

Ena is the best date! We hang out every single day. We’re like Siamese twins. ;)


SHARE: Tell me about your muse!


96 comments:

  1. Thanks for getting me musing over who I am. With one foot in mysteries and one speculative/fantasy fit, I am still going around in circles with my Author Tagline. After this prompting need to find one that flies off the page. Like the Heroines of Steel bit as some of mine are certainly fighters.

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    1. I'm glad this got you think, Roland. And I hope it helps you to come up with a catchy tagline that speaks to your writing. But I hope you don't use "Heroines of Steel!" ;P

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  2. I don't have an author tagline yet--something to think about! I'm guessing "Seriously dysfunctional characters and the weirdness that follows" has already been taken.

    Your muse sounds absolutely charming! Mine? Not so much.

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    1. "and the weirdness that follows" is actually very good! I like that!

      Maybe my muse will give yours a pep talk. ;)

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  3. Great timing, Chrys! I've recently been working on an author tagline. Haven't settled on one yet but enjoying playing with ideas. :)

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    1. It seems a lot of my posts have good timing for some people. Which is funny because I plan these a year ahead. ;)

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  4. I love how your muse has been with you for so long! Sounds like she'd be the life of the party. And I'll try not to eat all the cheesecake...
    Thanks for coming to my party!

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    1. Yup, we've know each other like the back of our hand. We can even finish each other's sentences. ;)

      Thanks for hosting this party!

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  5. All of this and an open bar? Now that's a party.

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  6. I don't have a tagline (maybe someone could suggest one) and if I had a muse, she'd be a forest nymph from a Shakespeare play.

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    1. Your muse and my muse could be cousins. ;)

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  7. You have a nice muse.
    Never thought about making an author tagline...

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    1. That coming from Ninja Captain Alex? You're making her blush.

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  8. Hmmm. Author tagline. Makes me think about mine. But that cheesecake distracted my thoughts. :)

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    1. Cheesecake can always distract. ;)

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  9. haha you and your muse going all Nsync would be funny to see.

    Tagline hmm, crazy as can be?

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    1. Wouldn't it? I might have to ban cell phone and camera use, though. :P

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  10. I don't think I have an official tagline right now. It used to be Intensity in Ink, but that doesn't really tell anyone what my stories are about. I may have to come up with a new one.

    It was very nice to meet Ena, and that cheesecake was amazing! Thanks for bringing her to the party.

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    1. I bet you could come up with an amazingly spooky tagline.

      Ena was thrilled to meet you and Edgar. I think she tickled him at one point. It's a wander that he didn't bite her. :P

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  11. My tagline at the Rainforest Writing blog: "Writing is an adventure into the unknown. Photography enhances the trip." My muse, called Calliope, came from a painting that sits over my writing desk, she is from Monet's time the late 1800s and it is she that inspires my love of Paris and also of the unknown, as in science fiction and alternate history. .

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    1. I love where your muse came from, DG!

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  12. Humorous and thrill-seeking with a side of geeky teenage boys. I have no idea if I did that right?!!

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    1. That's not bad for a first shot. "With a side of geek teenage boys..." I love that part!

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  13. Mmmmm, that cheesecake looks so good. *Drools*

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  14. Ooh, I'm sure Ena learned the art of muse-ing in Paris, it's an excellent place for creativity! Sounds like me and Autumn could definitely spend the party with you two (err, except for the karaoke...BSB all the way! =D)

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    1. Probably. She never said, but she might have took a class there to promote herself to a muse.

      Haha! Hey, I love Backstreet Boys songs too! :D

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  15. AMEN to the Siamese twins comment...totally me and my muse. And great music choices ;)

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    1. I knew there would be at least one Nsync fan. ;)

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  16. I had never thought about an author tagline for myself. I haven't decided on a specific genre yet. Some day.

    Love Ena, she is fun, and seems inspiring.

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    1. You could try blending a few different genres into your tagline.

      And Ena love you, Dolorah. :D

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  17. Cheesecake YUM!

    I've never seen my muse as a person - more spiritual, magical, and ethereal -- don't want or need human attributes.

    As for a tagline for myself? Never thought about it - now I'll have too! :)

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    1. I'd love to know what you come up with, Yolanda. :)

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  18. Great info about the author tagline. I love cheesecake.

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  19. Love your origin story with Ena. :) Now, musical rebuttal time: Will Scarlet and I need to get up and sing a boatload of Backstreet Boys, classic and recent.

    He gives me the thumbs-up. "I'm game!"

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    1. Haha. I wasn't expecting BSB fans to get upset. I love BSB's songs! But a Nysnc VS Backstreet Boys karaoke battle would be fun. :)

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  20. Like Deshipley, I really enjoyed your origin story with Ena. Because of my respect for Memorial Day, I will do my muse entry tomorrow. You did a great interview with Denise today! :-)

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    1. That's nice of you, Roland. And thank you! :)

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  21. I love that Ena went off to Paris and came back to be your Muse. I bet her time in Paris gave her a whole new perspective on things.

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    1. She did come back much more sophisticated. :)

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  22. I love that your muse was your imaginary friend first. You guys go way back! Also the Heroines of Steel line has a great origin. We called my stepson the Bionic Man when he had pins in his knees. I don't have a tagline, sounds like I will need to do some head scratching to come up with something suitably snappy.

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    1. The Bionic Man. That's cute. I bet he loved that. :) When you come up with something for a tagline, make sure to share it because I want to know what you created. :)

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  23. Ooh! I love your tagline! It gets the point across so well, but in a unique, evocative way. And great tips for approaching taglines of our own.

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  24. I need an author tag line. Hmm...

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    1. I'm surprised you don't have one, Kelly. I bet you'll come up with something awesome. :)

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  25. Ena sounds like a great muse.

    I need a good tagline. I'll have to work on that.

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    1. *Ena curtsies*

      I'd love to know what you come up with, Elizabeth.

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  26. Ena sounds like a great muse and a fun person to hang out with! I love your karaoke choices!! We should totally team up for that ;). I really enjoyed reading about Ena, it's so sweet how far back you go :)

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    1. The more people screaming Nysnc songs at the top of their lungs the better. :D

      Thanks, Rachel. Ena is dancing around the room. She's glad everyone likes her. :)

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  27. Good stuff about the tagline! You actually plan these blogs a YEAR ahead? Leapin' Lizards! (Oops, sorry) Ena is a perfect match for you :-) My muse is either a spirited sprite named Julia or an inquisitive, courageous child named Buffy, depending on the targeted audience. Which brings to mind a bit of a snag with the tagline: it would seem I require two. One is sometimes "Tapestries of youthful yarns" the other might be "Cosmic Channel Surfer" - ha! Just kidding there ;-)

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    1. HAHA! So you do remember that I don't like lizards. :P

      Julia and Buffy sound awesome! I love the idea of having multiple muses. (Sorry, Ena!) She's actually really good at putting on whatever mask I need to write different genres.

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  28. I never thought of a writer's tagline but it is really important. I am not a writer but the tagline would tell me instantly what genre the author is writing. Your muse and you go together like ham and cheese. My muse may kick my butt every once in a while since I have been known to dance on stage (Somehow ended up on stage with the professionals kicking away) and vodka is my friend-I make a great Tahiti drink as my hubby calls them

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    1. Sounds like you and your muse would have a blast at a party together. ;)

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  29. Thanks Chrys for the author tagline tips. Excellent step by step - 'writing for dummies' should be your next book. The muse was fun too.
    Enjoying having you over at my place. Cover art fixed :-)

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    1. Writing for dummies. Hmm...possibly. ;)

      Thank you, Denise! I am enjoying being there. :)

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  30. You mean I have to come up with a tagline *pounds head on desk*. And I don't have a named muse, although I do have a secretary that reminds me of things I need to get done. She whispers reminders at just the right moment.

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    1. I guess you don't have to if you don't want to. But I love everything about writing, so when I found out about author taglines I pounced. :D

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  31. You have a great muse. You're so much fun together. I guess I don't have one. Can't think of any. I also do not have a tag line. Gee, I must get busy and find all these things that I'm missing.
    Love your Muse Party.

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    1. I think you have a muse, but he/she prefers to be faceless and nameless. :)

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  32. Ooh. We have similar taste in food! I vote for cheesecake AND chai :) (I hiked 8 miles today, so.. yeah..)
    Your muse sounds like lots of fun!

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    1. Cheesecake and chai tea would go together wonderfully. Yum!

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  33. Oh no, another blog fest. Surely you jest! Nicely done and you had fun. Of course, now I'm confused, I thought "Muse" was a UK rock band :)

    Please say hello to Ena. I'm off to have some cheescake.....

    Gary :)

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    1. I love blog fests! I think they are so much fun. :D

      Muse is a pretty cool rock band.

      Ena says hello. She is slicing you a big piece of cheesecake. :)

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  34. I don't have a tag line, probably because I don't need one :)

    I do love Ena and her choice of dessert; what a cute muse she is. My muse changes names a lot but she is always much more thinner than I am and more in control of herself than I am :)

    betty

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    1. I laughed at your comment, Betty. Our muses tend to be what we aren't.

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  35. I don't believe I ever thought of having an author tagline. Maybe I could use something along the lines of "Historicals with happy endings after Sturm und Drang."

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    1. I think you and your writing could benefit from an author tagline. :)

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  36. Great tips for the author tagline. It took me ages to come up with a good one. I have: "Twisting the tropes." I take the standard story tropes and turn them on their heads. And what a fun date Ena is! :)

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    1. You do twist the tropes! That's prefect.

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  37. I'm bookmarking this one. Thanks for the help. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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  38. aah, NSync!!!! How I loved them :) hmm, tagline, I don't think I have a good one yet. I usually just say I write girly teen fiction :)

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    1. Nsync was the greatest!

      I bet you'd come up with a cute tagline. :)

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  39. Ena was so much fun to meet! Thanks for bringing her to the party! Sorry I didn't get to you yesterday, but better late than never! I would SO sing right along with you and Ena, for sure!!! Was a great party, wasn't it?! Lisa @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. It was an awesome party! Ena had a blast meeting all the muses. :)

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  40. My author tagline is, "Writer on Fire." It's a connection to my blog's old format and the rebirth of my blog coinciding with the rekindling of my desire to write again.

    I don't have a muse, so can I borrow Ena once in awhile?

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    1. That's a neat tagline, Jay.

      Ena said that could be a possibility. :)

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  41. Interesting muse you have there.
    To be honest, I don't think I have a muse. Well, not for story writing any way. For poetry, I have many muses. Usually whomever it is I fancy at the time. Secret crushes are fantastic muse fodder.

    However, I consider myself the muse of the main character in my series. Because when he's experiencing writers block, I'm the one who always finds something for him to write about.

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    1. Secret crushes are good muses! I've had those too. ;)

      The MC in my unpublished series (Avrianna Heavenborn from Ghost of Death) is also one of my muses. I finished her series, but I keep starting spin-offs just so I can keep writing about her, even as a secondary character.

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    2. I can understand. I don't know if I'll get serious about trying to publish the eight Writers Block stories I have. But even if I never do, I've already decided to commission my own third series. (Four more adventures). I think sometimes we write for our own benefit.

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    3. Writing for yourself is the best way to go. :)

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  42. Author tag line... so THAT's what they're called! HA! This is brilliant! I always wondered how people wrote those clever one-liners on their twitter accounts. So it's actually a real thing! (And look... even a formula for writing one!) Love it.

    Thanks Chrys!

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    1. It is! A year ago, I didn't know what it was called either. :)

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  43. Ooooo...cool. I need an author tagline!! I love yours Chrys! Now to think of a catchy one which I suck at tag lines...

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    1. Yours would be cool, I know it. :)

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  44. Sigh, someday I'll figure out a tagline. When I'm forced to.

    I blogged about what I wanted my muse to look like. A 400 pound dude in a strappy shirt with plumber's crack sitting on my shoulder, not letting me move from the keyboard.

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  45. I love how you can explain all aspects of writing with the voice of an expert and yet you make explanations that are easy to grasp. That's talent.

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    1. Why, thank you! No one has said that before. :D

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  46. Thanks for the author tagline tidbit and introducing us to your muse!

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  47. Great advice. I guess a tagline would be a good idea. So many things to do.

    Nice to meet Ena! She has good taste in dessert!
    Heather

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