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Can We Learn From Screenwriters? The Extreme Value of The Log

By Michael Neff

Believe it or not, most fiction writers (as opposed to screenwriters) don't know the definition of a log line, much less how to craft it. But the value of this knowledge can not only make a query letter MUCH more punchy and direct, but also give the writer a means to reality-check the "high concept" of their novel-in-progress. And what do we mean by high concept? Basically, a story line or premise that sounds sufficiently unique and commercially viable at the same time--in other words, not like one the agent or editor has already heard 5000 times in the past month!

Back to logs ... The best article on the subject of writing loglines can be found at Screenwriting On The Net. From the article:

All well-written stories consist of two stories--the "objective storyline" and "subjective storyline"--[which] consists of the following: A hero with a flaw that keeps her from achieving a worthwhile goal, is forced to respond to a lifechanging event …