“A freaky ability causes a young singer to question her sanity, her faith and her willingness to embrace a new dimension to her talent.”
My potential log line for “Funeral Singer: A Song for Marielle”
Log Lines and Elevator Pitches
Log lines are something that have carried over from screenwriting to novel writing. It’s the one or two line tease that attempts to summarize what the heart of the story is and tempt the reader or movie-goer to learn more.
In writing, it’s called the elevator pitch. You have a few seconds on an elevator to tell a potential publisher, agent or reader something about your story that might entice them before they get off the elevator. So you hope that you can say something that will pique their interest and persuade them to want to know more about your story.
They aren’t that easy to write but they do force you, as a writer, to think about the essence of your story. What is it you are really exploring in the book and what is the conflict or potential growth for your main character?
So, I ask, would that log line intrigue you enough to want to know more?
Mid-Way on NaNo And Almost A Win
Here we are at mid-November and I have experienced the pure rush of NaNaWriMo and almost won. I say almost because all that remains now is to validate my word count, which I can’t do until November 20 when the official web site makes the counter available. Unofficially, I reached my goal on November 10 and I completed the first draft of my novel on November 14 at 57,003 words.
Oddly, there’s been a sense of let-down the first couple of days after the novel was completed. I feel I should still be writing and I know there are places where additional scenes are needed, secondary characters need to be brought in more and more tension built in the book. In short, I have the basic story down, but the part that makes it an entertaining read still needs to be fleshed out, so I know there’s a lot to be done in the first edit. I’ve never written a book this way until the last novel I did just before NaNo and this one.
The one I did in October was one-third of the way written, from when I started in April, and had been in my mind for over three years, so I had a really strong sense of that novel. Going into NaNo with a new novel that I had outlined at the end of October and had only loosely conceived in the past year meant that I hadn’t had as much time to think about the characters or the plot.
One of the reasons I tend to write much slower normally is that I am still thinking a lot about the characters, who they are and how they react and that can be time consuming. So, the first draft has forced some of the characters to come out without as much definition as I think they need. Or I am just being critical of a project that I haven’t really had time to step away from before critiquing what I’ve done.
Please keep following my blog to see how this all plays out and what I think later on after I’ve had time away from this project and go back in for the first edit. Also, please feel free to comment, either here on my blog or on my Facebook page.