#atozchallenge S is for Save the Cat #Writing #Logline #ElevatorPitch
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S is for “Save”
Book: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
My dice roll: 300 (ebook location out of 2914)
Lesson: Logline (Elevator Pitch)
In scriptwriting, they call it a logline or a one-line. For books and articles, we call it an elevator pitch. Either way, it’s a summary that can be fired off in under thirty seconds. It’s tweetable with room for a hashtag.
“Do you want to watch this?”
“I don’t know. What’s it about?”
The answer will be short. And that’s a logline.
For those of us trying to make a sale, that logline or elevator pitch needs to have four components.
- A hook. An ironic one is strongly recommended. You want an emotionally intriguing itch that needs to be scratched.
- A mental picture that promises a complete story.
- A sense of who will buy it. Which genre’s fandom is going to ship you and your work the hardest? What’s the appropriate age group to market toward?
- The title. A good one will give a clear idea of what it is and what it’s about.
Write one, and then go ask people if they like it.
Here are my attempts:
In Fractions of Existence, Xavier’s secret identity is an affluent young professional living in NYC. The Eyes in the Shadows work to bring about the apocalypse by killing Xavier and his omnipotent kind. Xavier must reunite his kind to become powerful enough to stop them. In order to do that, he needs Gwendolyn to remember what she is before it’s too late.
228 over Twitter’s 140 limit
A guy with an extraordinary power is trying to save the world from a crazy religious sect that’s figured out how to cause the apocalypse. But he has to get this girl, who’s he’s never met, to fall in love with him so she’ll agree to help. — Fractions of Existence
123 over Twitter’s 140 limit
Bad guys aim to end the world, good guys try to save it, and a girl doesn’t know she has a power that can sway the outcome in Fractions of Existence.
10 over Twitter’s 140 limit
A team of super beings has been divided up. Becoming whole is the only way to save the world. Fractions of Existence is a journey of discovery and deciding what matters most.
34 over Twitter’s 140 limit
Fractions of Existence has a hero who surrenders, a damsel who almost independently succeeds at overcoming distress, and a villainous group that seems to win.
19 over Twitter’s 140 limit
Guess who’s TERRIBLE at writing these things?
Do any of those five catch your eye? If you’ve read some of my other posts ( http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/tag/existence/ ), do you think these feel accurate? Can you suggest a better one?
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