Creating a log-line for your story will keep you on track with a solid first draft complete with the bones and beating heart of an actual story. Great post by Kristen Lamb on log-lines: Write a Terrific Novel (NaNo), Minimize Revisions, & Improve Odds of Finishing AND Publishing

Kristen Lamb’s formula for a log-line:

Protagonist must do X (active goal) in order to stop X (antagonist) before super bad thing happens (ticking clock).

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Image via Flikr Creative Commons. Bansky's "Peaceful hearts Doctor" courtesy of Eva Blue. Image via Flikr Creative Commons. Bansky’s “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” courtesy of Eva Blue.

We’ve already discussed the importance of  fueling the muse BEFORE NaNo. But, fueling the muse, creativity, talent and all that jazz IS NOT enough. Finishing, while fantastic, is ALSO not enough. If we finish, yet have written something that can never exist off life-support? We’re back at Square One.

Though I am a fan of NaNo (National Novel Writing Month which is NOVEMBER) and Fast Draft, these tactics will work for writing ANY novel and minimize revisions.

AND…you don’t even have to be a plotter (Hint: I’m not. More of a Plotser–> Plotter + Pantser)

One of the major reasons many writers fail to complete the story is there isn’t a single CORE story problem in need of resolution. The story dies because it lacks a beating heart and a skeleton.

Stories with no hearts…

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