To write a great Logline for your scripts, stories, novels, books and plays

A logline is just one brief sentence that summarizes your work.

The reason for a logline
  • to present the hook
  • to stimulate interest
  • to give insight on the synopsis

How to write a good logline
  1. Focus on the main character
  2. Stress his expertise and flaws. (The flaws bring about the internal conflicts)
  3. Highlight his aims and ambitions
  4. Pinpoint the stumbling block, the external conflict
  5. State the cause of the stumbling block. (This is the oppositions)

This Logline below clearly satisfies the points on "how to write a good Logline above.

"A talented but irresponsible teenager schemes to steal his college tuition money when his wealthy father refuses to pay for him to study acting at Juilliard."
— Logline for How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater

See the correspondence below:

... "A teenager" (Focusing on the main character)
... "A talented but irresponsible teenager"  (Expertise and flaws)
... "to study acting at Juilliard" (Highlighting his aims and ambitions)
... "father refuses to pay for him to study acting" (Pinpointing the stumbling block, the external conflict)
...  "his wealthy father" (the cause of the stumbling block)

Qualities of a good logline
  • It creates suspense to the reader
  • It engages a screenwriter
  • It creates an entity
  • It describes the conflict
  • It introduces the protagonist
  • It introduces the antagonist
  • Its brief and comprehendible
  • One single Logline can produce many different diverse stories  

Written by: Winston 'Winny Greazy' Oge 

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