Letter ‘L’ For Logline
Is this like a story question? Yes.
Or is it a premise sentence? Yes.
Or is it just a logline? Yes. yes, and yes.
Since today is ‘L’ day I will stick with Logline. Even though I have seen this used as the ‘story question’ and the ‘premise sentence’.
I have seen descriptions and ‘how-to-do-this’ all over the web.
I will show you what works for me. When writing your ‘Logline’ for your novel, ask yourself three questions.
Then, play with your answers.
First question: what is the inciting incident, that thing that happens
A rabbit runs into the garage….
Second question: who is your protagonist?
If I put those two together I will get:
When the rabbit runs into the garage, Jenny …..
What is Jenny’s goal, the protagonist goal?
When the rabbit runs into the garage, Jenny decides to chase him out.
Third and last question: Will she succeed? Add your own people, places or things that are out to stop your protagonist.
When the rabbit runs into the garage, Jenny decides to chase him out. But, will she succeed when she is up against her kids who want to keep the rabbit, the dog who wants to chase the rabbit, and her husband who loves rabbit stew.
When the (inciting incident) causes (the protagonist) to react (What is your character’s goal?) And will he succeed (when set against what?)
Have fun setting up your logline…