Monday, December 26, 2011
From the Archive: Loglines - setting the right tone
Originally posted in February 2011.
And now for another lesson from Star Wars (Btw, I use SW for two reasons: 1. it's a classic hero's journey most people have seen and 2. my 3 year-old watches it ALL day long)
A logline, or the one line pitch, is a simple way to tell your story using, you guessed it, one line. You need a logline. It's your go-to answer at dinner parties, conferences, the grocery store. But while it may be tempting to say "Luke goes on a quest across the universe to stop bad guys," please refrain. Your logline should be concise but still convey something about your novel.
Is it funny?
When a farm boy buys two robots, he stumbles into a cross-galaxy quest to save a princess with the help of an old man, a con artist, and a huge dog.
Is it scary?
When a ruthless lord builds a machine that destroys planets, Luke Skywalker must find a way to destroy it before innocent millions are killed.
Is it romantic?
When a beautiful princess broadcasts a call for help, Luke Skywalker is compelled across the galaxy to save her.
What's your logline?