One thing you don't want is a blah protagonist. No. Those MC's have to take the bits in their teeth and run. If you recall, I left my three fascinating MC's here. (Well, one of these *characters isn't mine, but he was so great, I wanted to create a logline in his honor.)
Here's my next step in making my MC's more proactive and my story more exciting. I've underlined the parts I've worked on.
|My Talented Zombie|
- A talented zombie must elude his sister, a zealous zombie hunter, so he can perform Hamlet before she destroys him.
- A talented zombie sets a trap to capture his sister, a zealous zombie hunter, so he can perform Hamlet before she destroys him.
- A *heroic lizard must escape life threatening enemies to save his community from a Cat.
- A *heroic lizard outwits life threatening enemies to save his community from a Cat.
- A clairvoyant gas station attendant must track down his killer to prevent his own murder.
- A clairvoyant gas station attendant sets up a sting to capture his killer and prevent his own murder.
There's nothing I like better than the ticking clock plot, and if you can get that into your logline, all the better. I'll put the ticking clock element in red.
- A talented zombie sets a trap to capture his sister, a zealous zombie hunter out to destroy him before opening night.
- A *heroic lizard outwits life threatening enemies to save his community before a Cat attacks.
- A clairvoyant gas station attendant has one week to set up a sting and capture the man hired to kill him.
So there's more to consider. My loglines shift as write or I shift my writing to stay consistent with my logline. It all depends on what the characters tell me to do and if I can get the plot to cooperate. Piece of cake, right?
What I'm Celebrating This Week
Halloween is big on Small Things List.
I get to go to party and be crazy with other people who will dress in weird costumes and pretend to be scary. That's something to celebrate.
This wonderful month when the light shifts and you know fall is in full control for a time.
Hat's Off Corner
Sin City Collectors Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor where she loves to interact with readers and her blog: http://kristenpainter.com/blog/