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Sources: The One-Sentence Summary, WINNERS: The One-Sentence Summary Contest, and One-Sentence Summary Critiques & Tips by Rachelle Gardner

Rachelle Gardner offered the following advice for constructing good storylines on several recent blog posts.

  • A one-sentence summary (also called a storyline) is about 25 words that capture the essence of what your book is about.
  • It should generate interest in reading your book.
  • Include:
    • A character or two
    • Their choice, conflict, or goal
    • What’s at stake (may be implied)
    • Action that will get them to the goal
    • Setting (if important)
  • Keep it simple. One plotline, 1 or 2 characters.
  • Use the strongest nouns, verbs and adjectives. Use specific language.
  • Make the conflict clear but don’t necessarily hint at the solution.
  • Make it visual so the reader can see what’s happening.
  • Above all, make sure you describe a story with conflict and not just characters in a situation.

This aspiring author also recommends Randy Ingermanson’s excellent Writing Fiction for Dummies.

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