In the writing world, and even more so in the screenwriting world you hear about being able to pitch your story. Basically, take your tale and encapsulate it in a one minute explanation. At first I thought the idea too easy and then when I was working on it, I thought it was stupid, but once I was done, realized exactly how useful it could be. Try and condense your story down into a single sentence of 25 words or less, a logline. And then try practicing it in front of a mirror, or some writer friends. It crystallizes what you are thinking and if you do this in the planning stage helps shape your book. It also doesn’t hurt that it gives you a concise well-thought-out answer the next time someone asks you – You write? So, what’s your novel about?

Audio File: Pitch Your Project – (An Unleaded, Fuel for Writers Podcast)

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.