Holly Bodger over at Random Notes from Holly Bodger did two recent posts about Loglines: here and here. Authoress over at Miss Snark's First Victim provided the link to the second post here. Go on, check things out. Thanks.
Now, back to the loglines. According to Holly Bodger, there are five elements of the logline as follows:
- Main Character
- Inciting Incident
Since I've been working on my own logline for my cozy mystery, this information has come in handy.
But, being the generous person I can be (shhhh, don't let my sisters know), I'm going to share the knowledge by providing an example of my own by using a well-known fairy tale character: Little Red Riding Hood.
Main Character = Little Red Riding Hood
Inciting Incident = going to grandma's house to deliver a basket of goodies
Conflict = Big Bad Wolf
Goal = reaching grandma's house safely . . . and delivering the basket of goodies
Consequences = twofold: ending up dead or grandma starving to death
So, in the grand tradition of loglines, using the elements provided by Holly Bodger . . .
When Little Red Riding Hood (main character) sets off through the woods (inciting incident) to grandma's house, she encounters (conflict) the Big Bad Wolf. Suddenly, the forest isn't so inviting, and Little Red must use all her cleverness to make it safely (goal) to grandma's house before the wolf eats (consequence) her and grandma starves (consequence) to death.
Okay, I'm winging it here and adding a bit of drama . . . just for funsies. Still, the logline - 2 sentences - contains the five elements outlined by Holly Bodger: main character, inciting incident, conflict, goal, and consequences.
As I work on my own logline, I'm making sure I incorporate all these elements into the logline. So far, so good.
Oh, and just for fun, Authoress is having a logline critique session on her blog. Go over, look at some of the loglines, and see if they have (or don't have) all the necessary elements.