Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Screenwriting Tip of the Day - Oct 10th

 "Loglines - Part Deux"

Back to the dreaded loglines topics! But fear not, dear screenwriter. Learn to embrace, nurture, and may I dare to say, love your logline. For it is a living, breathing animal that will grow and morph into a mature one-liner that hooks readers.

Mastery over loglines have proven to be an elusive skill for most writers (yes, even the professionals). So if you feel like you're spinning your wheels in the mud a la Vincent LaGuardia Gambino in "My Cousin Vinny", then you're in good company.

So what can you do?

  • Don't get married! As mentioned in an earlier posting, it's important for you to write your logline BEFORE you sit down and start typing out your script. Why? It's helps focus your story! But don't believe for one second your logline will drift away from your story as it evolves on paper. You will need to go back and tweak it to catch up. For instance, I'm on my 12th draft for my current work. Of course, each instance is a slight tweak to the prior, but when I look at my 12th versus my 1st, there's quite a disparity. So don't fall in love with your logline!
  • Date several at a time. There's nothing wrong with writing out several loglines at a time. One may resonate better than the others, but there's no way to know for sure if it's "THE ONE". Just don't call them by the wrong name (oops)! 
  • Shameless plug! Screenwriters Anonymous offers a logline review. Click here to check it out. All you have to do is submit your working logline with a brief synopsis (nothing fancy, just a draft) and BLAM! Logline delivered right to your inbox. If you're not happy, then we'l work with you until it fits just right.

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