Three posts on how to write effective loglines
I’ve been working again on my logline for my work-in-progress. In movie land, a logline is a one-sentence hook that tells us what the story is about while piquing our interest. Developing a logline is also a good idea for novelists–you can use it not only to market your work but also to help you stay focused as you write.
Recently, I wrote a post about loglines based on screenwriter Blake Snyder’s advice and his four requirements for every logline.
I also discovered two really great posts on loglines:
“Writing Good Log Lines” by Stanley D. Williams. See what Williams has to say about the importance of the moral premise of your work.
“Writing Effective Loglines” by J. Gideon Sarantinos gives great examples of loglines from newer movies and classics.
Have you written a logline for your current project? If so, share it in the comments below.
So, is a logline like a thesis statement (college student :P)
Hi Emily, After all the work I’ve put into it, the logline feels more like the thesis :)–and i’m still not 100% satisfied with it. I think a thesis statement is different in that it has to answer the question the paper poses, while a good logline should get the reader asking even more questions and be curious enough about the answers to buy your book. Some of my favorite loglines also convey a sense of the emotional stakes in the novel or script. So much to think about!