Okay, here’s a little exercise for you. What is the logline of your life?
In script writing, the logline is a single sentence that sums up the story or the premise of the story. But it’s not a barebones summary. It’s a sentence that “sells” the whole, that sparks interest, that stands out from the crowd, that encourages people to think your story matters.
Here are a couple examples from recent movies. You’ll notice they’re unique enough that nobody needs to explain which movie they refer to:
A young man and woman from different social classes fall in love, then must outwit her abusive fiancé, and find a way to survive aboard an ill-fated voyage at sea.
To regain his estranged children, a guilt-ridden dream thief risks his life to overcome heavily armed cerebral defences and plant an idea in a business mogul’s mind.
In one sentence: What is your story?
If you think your actual life is too dull for a good logline, what (realistically) would you like your logline to be?