Finding the Core of Your Story: How to strengthen and sell your story in one essential sentence (How to Write a Logline Book 1) 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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1--It explains what a logline is. Not knowing what a logline is makes it very hard to write a good one. But Jordan clears all that up quickly and coherently in the opening chapters.
2--It addresses all the common logline problems. There are several pitfalls writers are prone to trip over when crafting loglines. Jordan addresses all of these point-blank so you can save yourself from looking like an uneducated amateur.
3--It classifies various logline formats. Jordan helps you identify what type of story you have so you can write a logline that empathizes your story's strengths. Fascinatingly, this also helps you improve the story itself by identifying strengths and pinpointing weaknesses.
4--It details a process for loglining series. Jordan can help you figure out how to logline your series as well as the individual books. And guess what series he used as an example! (Um, mine, heehee. Little biased here.)
5--It's funny. You don't think that's important enough to be on this list? Go find a really dense nonfiction book, like a college textbook. Read that and then read Jordan's book. Then you'll understand why a light-hearted, clear, and concise writing style is important.
And if that's not enough reasons for you, allow me to back up my review with my credentials. I am a professional screenwriter and self-published author, and there are two things I never do. One, I never write a story without loglining it. And two, I never write a logline without getting Jordan's help on it.
And neither should you.
Jordan Smith's book was a fun two-hour read that quickly covered the structure and elements that go into a good logline. His writing is funny and there is no padding, it's all just important stuff you need to know and very helpful examples.
It takes time to do a good logline, but it is so, so worth it. About a day and a half after reading this book, I have a sparkling logline that has re-energized me about the story I am revising, and that makes my logline attempts before reading this book kind of laughable. Definitely time and money well-invested.
This book helped me to take a step back and look at the big picture. What is my book about, really? What is the main storyline? How do I explain the main storyline in 1-3 sentences (preferably just 1)?
I was able to pinpoint not only the weaknesses in the story as a whole, but in each major character's motivations and actions. This is not just a book about writing log lines or book blurbs, it is a brainstorming wizard with the purpose of helping you find the core of your story (whether it be novel, screen play, or short story), with a dash of humor and a whole lotta wisdom!
It may not be as fabulous for everyone as it was for me, but it is definitely worth checking out - it just may be the push you need to take your story where it needs to go. It definitely was for me.
Best for Ages: 10 and up
I don't think I have enjoyed a book on the writing craft as much as this one in a long time. I picked this up one Sunday afternoon, feeling in the mood to learn something. I came away with a skill that I didn't even know I needed, but I am so glad I have.
Almost every book I have picked up on creative writing has been... uncreative. Not so with this book. Jordan has an engaging style of writing that made me wish he had a whole series of books on different aspects of writing. You feel like you are sitting in a small class with a personable professor who injects just the right amount of humor into his lessons.
The subject of the book itself was very timely. Writing loglines, one sentence summaries, of your story is something every author us supposed to do, but it can be very hard. Jordan made it easy. He used lots of examples that showed me how to write it. By the end of the book, I wrote three loglines that I was very proud of.
I highly recommend this book for all writers.
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