Improving your Logline
Consider your logline carefully:
Is it as unique and intriguing as it can be?
Does it contain a set-up and pay-off that is the best as it can be?
If not, seek to improve it by brainstorming the ideas behind it.
Getting the Story Structure Right
Examine the basic structure of your story. Consider whether you can improve any of the events and actions that occur specifically at the main structural junctions:
The inciting incident
Do we know what the story is about by the first third of the Act I
The first turning point at the end of Act I
The second turning point at the end of Act II
Identify Weaknesses in your Story
Search for sections that seem weak, flat, or uninteresting. Specifically, consider:
Is your setup and payoff sharp and unique enough?
Are there enough twists and surprises in between the main structural beats to hold our attention?
Is the mislead and reveal as surprising and fitting as it can be?
Focusing on specific structural and pivotal junctions allows you to target your improvements where they counts the most.
Seek to better your outline by lifting the overall standard of your logline and the actions and events that occur at the main structural junction points of your story. Also improve the quality of your setup and payoff, the various story twists, and your mislead and reveal.
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