Flu and Loglines

Blogging with the flu might not be a smart idea. Please forgive any spelling/gramatical errors.

My brother was in town this week. He caught the flu from my mom, and then shared it with us. Runny noses, sore throats, fever, and body aches. Not exactly how we intended to spend Easter weekend. Sharing is caring!

In between fever dreams and restless bouts of sleep, I’ve been reading about loglines. I’d heard of the concept, mostly applied to script writer. Ray-Anne Lutener blogged about why loglines are relevant to fiction writers.

All too often I’ve tried to describe a story of mine to someone and ended up confusing myself. If I haven’t thought the story through enough to summarize it in one sentence, something is probably wrong. That logline can serve as a reminder as I write of what it is I’m trying to say.

I went back through some of my stories from the last year and thought about what the logline for each one would read. As I go back to revise or write new stories, I’m going to take a little time to write develop that one line summary, even if it’s only useful to myself as a writing tool.

1 thought on “Flu and Loglines

  1. Good morning Adam
    Many thanks fot mentioning my post on loglines – I know how difficult this can be – especially if you are only at the outline or first draft stage, so best of luck.
    Since writing that post, I have heard a leading London literary agent say that he expects an author to be able to give him the storyline in 10 words!
    Now that is a challenge.
    Regards, Ray-Anne

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