Welcome to all of you who are busy writing a novel for NaNoWriMo this month. Today is November 8th, so by now you should be well on your way to finishing your 50,000 words. Whether you are working on NaNo or are just polishing up that other MS you’ve been toiling over, one thing you might consider doing is……
STOP WRITING YOUR MS AND WRITE A LOG LINE NOW!
You know log lines, those 1 or 2 sentence pitches that both summarize and market your entire 65,000 word novel in 30 words or less? For some people, writing log lines and queries and summaries are all works of the devil. “Why can’t someone just read my first pages or first chapter and see if they like it?” us writers sometimes like to think.
The truth is, you may have a good first page, first chapter, first few chapters. But you may also have significant problems with your story. And writing a log line can be a quick way to figure that out.
David Macinnis Gill has a great piece on his blog about how to write a log line. Follow his directions, then write your log line. After you work on it a while, you may come to any one of the following conclusions. And all of these have happened to me at one time or another.
(I’m blogging over at Middle Grade Minded today. Click Here for the entire post!)