A logline is an extended premise sentence. It tells your readers more about your story. Your one-sentence premise catches their attention and the logline gets them hooked. You’ll leave them wanting more. This is a gem for social media such as Facebook and Google where you have the opportunity to post more words than Twitter which only allows for one condensed sentence.
6 Components Of A Logline #WritingPremise
- Conflict/Climactic Encounter
Example of an engaging logline:
“Ashton is just a typical small town (descriptor). But when a sceptical reporter (first protagonist) and a prayerful pastor (second protagonist) begin to compare notes (action), they suddenly find themselves fighting (conflict) a hideous (descriptor) New Age plot (antagonist) to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race”. (Back cover logline from This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti)
Your logline only needs to incorporate the six components. How you write it out is up to your own style, but if you’re a novice author, follow the examples of seasoned writers until you understand what they do. Learn from the masters and you won’t go far wrong.
Learning From The Masters #WriteCanada #TheWordGuild
I take writing classes online and attend the Write Canada conference each year to learn my craft, as well as researching everything I can online. Joining a local writers’ group, or an online group such as The Word Guild if you’re a Christian writer, will offer you the opportunity to learn from fellow writers too.
Are you getting to know your story better? Your premise and your logline will help you feel confident when you talk about your book and your audience will see that, even if you’re a full-fledged introvert like me! (Not sure if you’re an introvert? Check out my blog on personality.)
Till next time, I hope you are blessed.