Tip Tuesday – Describing Your Story

Hey love-bugs,

How do you talk about your story without giving too much away and still giving enough information to make someone want to read it?

It’s tough.

You don’t want to say too much and you can’t say too little. If you don’t give people enough details to draw them in, they may not want to pick up your book. If you give them every detail from start to finish, they won’t pick up your book because what’s the point? You’ve told them everything. There’s no need to read the book now.

So you write a logline. If you do it right, it should sum up your story without giving up too much and keeping it short and sweet. But loglines are hard to write. You mean to tell me that I have to tell you about my story in just one sentence?
That’s impossible.

That’s what I’ve always thought. Writing a logline now is a lot easier and it is because I write a Quick Pitch Logline. A way to hit all of the important points of your story, pitch you a prospective reader and it doesn’t give everything away. Plus, it’s technically one sentence. One long sentence that actually looks like a paragraph. Below you will find an example QPL for one of my stories and you will find the formula. I hope that this helps you out as you move forward with writing your story.

Example: WHO ARE YOU is a thriller about Justice, a shy young girl, who after meeting a guy on the internet, wants to get off the internet and join the real world, but when the internet guy becomes persistent with them being together, has to distance herself from him, which seems impossible because he inserts himself into her real life.

Template: (Title) is a (simple genre – comedy, drama, romance, horror, sci-fi, thriller, action, adventure) about (name of hero), a (flaw identification – implies sympathy, jeopardy, likeability, humor, power) (with character role), who after (10-15% new opportunity – opportunity for change in character – inciting incident), wants to (new situation), but when (25% change of plans – A- Story and B- Story –
Act Two turning point), has to win/stop/escape/retrieve (outer motivation, a visible goal that has a clear endpoint. Will they or won’t they what?), which seems impossible because (outer conflict/the nemesis with flaw identification. This has to be a single person who personifies the hero’s external conflict. Not a group or feeling or force of nature.)

Before you leave me, I am raising money to get my dog Samson a surgery on his tumors. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Click the link to donate https://www.gofundme.com/samsons-tumor-biopsy

Another thing, if you would like to become a patron and help me release my second book click the link. You can pledge as little as $1 http://www.patreon.com/TaQuandaCreates

Until the next time… Love, Peace & Chicken Grease.

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Author: TaQuanda Taylor

TaQuanda Taylor is a native of Rochester, NY. She studied at School of the Arts high school as a drama major. TaQuanda moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2007. In 2011 TaQuanda made an active decision to pursue a career in writing. She enrolled in the Creative Writing for Entertainment program at Full Sail University where she is working on her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts.

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