L is for Log Lines


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Last April, 2012, I attended the Pikes Peak Writers conference in Colorado Springs. One of the best classes included one on Log Lines. To make it simple, we were asked to fill in the blanks where the underlined sections were for our book or WIP. Many more accomplished authors than I may consider this old hat, but I found it very useful. Log Lines condense your story into an “Elevator Pitch.” It is essential to have a log line if you are heading to a conference, or to be able to answer “What is your book about? to whomever asks.

Title is a Genre about a Protaginist/Hero who must Outer Goal  or else Something negative will happen

 OR  try this one.

Title is a Genre about Protagonist/Hero , who after Exciting Event wants to Outer Goal by Plan of Action. This becomes increasingly difficult because Obstacle/Conflict.

Here is mine. Can you suggest ways to improve it?

Accident is a Women’s Fiction novel about an alcoholic soccer-mom, who after being sent to prison for vehicular homicide wants to win her daughter’s forgiveness and save her from the same mistake she made. This becomes increasing difficult because her daughter hates her for causing the accident and is falling in love with the same man that caused Susan’s spiral into alcoholism.

Give it a try. I would love to read some of your log lines.

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