NaNoWriMo: The Log Line

You saw my sprawling blurb earlier, which needs lots of work.  A blurb is critical in the success of selling a story.  A log line is also extremely valuable.  I’ve bought books more than once on the power of the log line alone.

What is a log line?  It’s the one sentence description better known in movies.

Being able to sum up your plot in one sentence that has the hint of a unique and interesting plot gives you a fast way to connect with readers.  The ability to write a pithy one line is also great for author bios and tweeting.  It’s not a skill that comes naturally to me!

Here is a good overview of writing a log line for a novel.

And here are some examples of book log lines that I think are really good. These have gotten me to click on the link to learn more about the book!

Emma Wiggins is about to marry her heart-stopping, gorgeous boss, CEO Evan Fletcher, in seven days—too bad he doesn’t know it yet!

Peachville High Demons series
In Peachville, even the cheerleaders have a dark side.

Let’s Do Lunch

Lindsey Bennett is caught between two men, one will tease her, the other will use her; both are capable of killing.


What I have so far for my own log line is going to need a lot of work!

Four friends must figure out the secret of one of their pasts in order to escape a crumbling world before one of them is killed.

Really needs tightening :-/  Any suggestions?


  1. Beverly Diehl
    Nov 10, 2011

    Yes, if you had to pay for the prepositional phrases you’d be in trouble.

    Here’s my stab at it:

    In a crumbling world, the past threatens the future of four friends. Can they unravel the secret and escape, before it claims their lives?

    IMO, you don’t need to specify that only one has the secret or is in danger – they ALL need to be in danger. Good luck!

  2. RuthMadison
    Nov 10, 2011

    That’s way better than what I’ve got! Thank you. I think I can work with that 🙂

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