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Sixty second writing tips: logline, logline, logline

September 30, 2013

Condensing a book down to one single line I find is a terribly daunting task!!

Matthew Wright

Anybody remember the Brady Bunch movie and that line – “Marcia Marcia Marcia”? Well, that’s what writers should be saying about loglines.

sleeping-man-with-newspapers-mdLogline! Logline! Logline! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the logline is a key tool for any writer. Any writer? Sure. It works for non-fiction as well. Traditionally, loglines have been the one-sentence rendition of your work you use to sell it to an agent or publisher.

But they are so much more than that. By writing one first – before you even begin writing content – you have to hone your thoughts. Figure out what you’re going to do. First.

What’s a logline? Typically, for novels, it has the form ‘[Named hero] has to [action, usually involving character  growth] in order to [another action] and so [achievement].’ For instance, ‘Cinderella has to learn confidence in order to attend the ball and so win the…

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