Let’s begin, shall we?

Cigarette smoke swirls around a tall glass of brown liquor. Man’s hands slowly produce fluid typing. Individual letters of text emerge on the laptop’s screen.

Ya know, everybody has one. That one, absolute, worst moment in their life. For some, it’s the crack of their spine sending them to a lifetime in a chair. Others will recall explicate episodes of violence, injury, invasion, or destruction.

This one’s mine.



Melissa Janda - A Time to Write

LL is for Logline

Screenwriters use a logline when pitching a movie script, but it can also be helpful for novelists to learn the essentials of an effective logline. According to Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat, “a logline is like the cover of a book; a good one makes you want to open it right now, to find out what’s inside.”

What is a logline?

A logline is a one or two sentence description of what your story is about. It answers the inevitable question that is asked when you announce you’re writing a story.

What’s it about?

To novelists it’s better known as the hook or elevator pitch of your story. It must grab a potential agent or reader’s attention and make them want to learn more. If you can’t boil your story down to a one or two sentence description, then you may need to…

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