Log Line Pitches, or, How to Tweet Your Novel
What a fun idea! Let's give it a try.
Part I: The Homework (preparation/worksheet)
The protagonist: Coffee drinking, baby-sling-wearing, distracted new mom Clara McGregor.
The goal/reward: Figure out who's trying to kill her friend . . . and stop him.
The obstacle(s): Clara doesn't want to believe that the would-be killer is a good friend of hers.
The antagonist: Very, very clever person. Details redacted. :)
Consequence of failure: Clara's friend dies. And she might just be the first victim.
Motive: I know this. But I'm not telling!
Challenge to self-image: Until she had a baby, Clara used to think she had the happiest, most solid marriage in the world.
Inciting Event: Clara's friend is preparing for the launch of her new computer game, but she's distracted by increasingly disturbing threats.
Ticking Clock: See above re: increasingly disturbing threats. And then: violence!
Important steps taken: Keep a close eye on her friend, go to her friend's apartment and into her computer to look for traces of the bad guy, get all her friends together to figure out which of them is guilty.
Final reversal : Ack! Someone dies!
Outcome: Sadly, Clara was right. One of her friends is guilty as sin. Alas.
Now it's your turn! Any takers? For those of you who aren't currently writing a novel, don't you have that one great idea in you that you plan to write . . . someday . . . when you have the time . . . ?