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April 13, 2011

Logline Writing Basics

This is one of those aspects of being a screenwriter that I always struggle with – compellingly summing up my story in a sentence or two. It sounds like it should be easy enough, but a poor logline can be the Achilles heel of a great script. If you can’t sell it in a logline, no one will give it a chance.

Here’s an article from the Story Bodyguard on writing a clear, concise, compelling logline:

When you create your logline you are aiming for succinct and emotional.  Choose active, colorful verbs.  The action of the story is what creates interest.

The logline is about 35 words so every word must count to give impact to the story.  This is your quick pitch whether written or verbal.  Give it punch.

You need to know the basic beginning, middle and end of your story as well as the main theme (even if they change later) in order to write the logline.

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April 13, 2011

Quote of the Day: Peter De Vries

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.

April 13, 2011

Finding Your Voice as a Writer

The Script Lab posted this great article on finding your voice as a screenwriter, not to be confused with the voices you give your characters in their dialogue. This article is about your voice as a storyteller:

The writing itself is for the artist to do; there are no rules, no magic recipes to apply, no golden ticket. But all good writing has a distinct voice. Why read one columnist over another in the Sunday Times? It almost always comes down to that writer’s original voice. The way two or more writers would describe the same element in a script might be quite different, yet they all could accomplish the writing objective with equal quality. 

“Words are the voice of the heart.” – Confucious

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