How to write a mediocre logline

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Nine months ago I wrote this post. It became one of my most popular blogs.

I’ve come to realize that the words “mediocre” and “logline” were poor choices, because it opened me up to a lot of repetitive arguments about what is or isn’t a logline. I clarified my thinking and renamed this:

The Premise Test.

I’m keeping this up for old time’s sake.


 

If you can’t read my handwriting:

An (ADJECTIVE) (CHARACTER TYPE – THINK PROFESSION OR ARCHETYPE) must (GOAL) or else (STAKES). He does this by (VISUAL MEANS THAT SUGGEST SOMETHING FUN FOR THE SECOND ACT) and learns (THEME).

‘This process won’t net you a great logline, but the one you end up with should be better, sharper, and as informative than this one.

 

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