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I broke my wrist the first of April. It’s not an April fool’s joke. Drained of energy over the next couple of months, I couldn’t come up with one positive thing to tell you, so I stayed away. It’s rather embarrassing how it happened. We had hired a man to build a rock wall at the side of the house to prevent soil from leaking onto a trail below. The wall was almost finished when I decided to take a picture of it to show my daughter. I climbed up the outside steps to get a better view around the corner… That was it. The last step was caked with mud. I slipped and landed on my right hand… Now, after five weeks of physiotherapy applied by an angel with gentle hands, I’m excited to get back to my writing. I hope you’re still there…
I’m still waiting for the line edit to come back from my editor. In the meantime, I’ve been trying to write a logline; a short description of what my new thriller is about. Think about it. I have 300 pages of manuscript and have to describe the story in one short sentence. I have pages and pages filled with unsatisfying ideas.
Then, the other day I found hope in a blog that I follow daily. The name of the blogger is Janet Reid; a New York City literary agent. I trust her advice, so when she recommended a book on how to write a logline, “Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence” by Lane Shefter Bishop, I downloaded and read it right away.
That book made a huge difference. The author clearly describes (while giving many examples) what belongs in a logline and what doesn’t, and why. I wrote a new one and sent it to my editor. He said, “You have a good start here, but we need to ‘refine’ it a bit”. From him, that’s praise.