I’m breaking out in hives.
For the past nearly two months, I’ve been sweating in solitary confinement over writing a log-line for my book. The solitary confinement has been self imposed because, per my usual ridiculousness, I hate the idea of trying something, sucking at it, and then looking stupid in front of all you lovely people.
But sometimes (okay, really, probably all the time), a girl needs feedback.
Some basics first, for those of you reading my blog who aren’t writers – a log-line is a single sentence that tells what a book or story is about. Kristen Lamb has a frigging fabulous post on writing log-lines – one I’m a little embarrassed to admit I can pretty much recite verbatim. (That’s embarrassing because I still have this sneaky suspicion that I’m failing miserably in my log-line writing attempt. Hence this post.)
When I first began writing three years ago, I was clueless. Everything about my start in writing was @$$ backwards. My pants were in charge and I was flying by the seat of ’em. All I knew about the story I was writing was that I was trying to get my character to a specific destination. The why’s for getting there weren’t important to me when I began. *cringe*
Several months after I started writing, I somehow realized (among a plethora of other smack-myself-in-the-forehead-I’m-going-to-be-lucky-if-this-thing-is-salvageable epiphanies) that I needed to figure out where the story was going. So I stopped and began my first feeble attempt at plotting. At that point, the book became three books. After the drafts of those three books were finished, I realized that the story hadn’t tied up as neatly as I would have liked, and so a fourth was born. Now, three years later, I’ve got four books drafted, all tightly knotted together, the first book nearly polished enough for beta-readers, and I’m trying to figure out how to go about this log-line crap. Do I write one log-line for each book? Or do I write one for all four?
(And let it be known to the writing-deities of the universe that I am well aware of how @$$ backwards it is to work on the log-line after the story is written. I see my folly now. It will not be repeated when I start a new book, I swears…)
I’ve been working on one for all four, partly because I’m being lazy (shut up, I know – writer’s aren’t supposed to be lazy. I’m playing my third trimester card here), and partly because while each book definitely has its own story to tell, in the end, all four books come together as a very solid whole.
But the problem with writing one log-line for a four-part series is that I’ve ended up with what I’m sure is the world’s longest run-on sentence. And also, I’m not sure if a log-line for the whole series is the best way to represent a single book. I don’t know; maybe I need to do both – one log-line for each individual book, and one for the series as a whole.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve got so far – one log-line for the entire series. Have a looky:
Abandoned in the woods as an infant, and brought up in a family that despised her, a teenage girl places her trust in an other-worldly stranger hoping to discover what she really is without being caught by either of the two men who claim to be her father: one, who wants to kill her for what she’s not; the other, who’s intent on using her as a weapon because of what she is.
Thoughts? Does it catch you? Does it make you want to read? Or does it drone on and on to the tune of more YA white noise? Perhaps I ought to throw a vampire in there for good measure (*giggle, snort*)…
I would heart, heart, HEART your feedback, lovelies – from all of you, writers or no.