In 25 Words or Less…

13857160_sAfter completing my novel, I attended a number of workshops where the facilitators stressed the importance of a hook or logline.

What is a hook/logline?

Very simply, it is a concise sentence that answers the question: What is your novel about? An effective logline provides enough interest to prolong the conversation with a prospective agent or publisher, encourages readers to pick up the book, and creates tweetable buzz.

At first, I found it a daunting task. How could I possibly condense 69,000 words into 25 words or less?

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In 25 Words or Less…

After completing my novel, I attended a number of workshops where the facilitators stressed the importance of a hook or logline.

What is a hook/logline?

Very simply, it is a sentence or two that briefly explains what the novel is about. It must mention the protagonist and make reference to the theme of the novel.

At first, I found it a daunting task. How could I possibly condense 74,000 words into 25 words or less?

I started by looking at the some of the great hooks in literature:

A man goes into the jungle to search for a missing general. (Heart of Darkness)

A reclusive chocolateer opens up his factory to the lucky children who find golden tickets. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

A sea captain forces his crew to search for an elusive white whale. (Moby Dick)

A train engine thinks it can make it up a hill. (The Little Engine That Could)

And my all time favorite…

Film Director James Cameron pitched his idea for a three-hour epic in just six words:

Romeo and Juliet on the Titanic.

Any other great hooks out there?