How To Write A Logline For A Screenplay

If you’re wondering how to write a logline for a screenplay, you’re not alone. Having an awesome logline is one of the most critical factors in promoting your script. To help you out, we broke the process into some simple steps.

It can attract the attention of film producers and industry executives. Once your film is produced, the logline can be used as a starting point for marketing the movie.

How To Write A Logline For A ScreenPlay
How To Write A Logline For A ScreenPlay

Writing a Logline

Let’s face it. Writing a logline sucks.

You’re tasked with distilling an intricate, character-driven plot into one sentence. And how is this even possible…

Especially when every aspect of your story is important?

The Fastest Way to Write a Logline

The fastest way to write a logline is by not writing a logline.

When your screenplay reaches the point when it’s ready to be read, your next step is to pay a few bucks to find a reader and get screenplay coverage.

You can often find people who will read your screenplay on Los Angeles Craig’s List, our friends at WeScreenplay, and even Fiverr.

The coverage report will usually include a review of your script, a short synopsis, and a rough logline.

Getting Screenplay Coverage

Consider getting at least three different people to give you coverage.

This will help you refine your logline, and the reports will help you spot holes in your story.

For example, you must reevaluate your screenplay if multiple people read your script and do not know what it’s about.

Refining Your Logline

Once you’ve addressed the rough areas in your story, compare the loglines from the coverage reports.

Take what works to create your version. It’s best to keep things simple. Focus on the core conflict, the main character, and their goal.

Please make it so a fifth-grader can understand.

Famous Logline Example

Here’s a famous logline:

“A teenager goes back in time to save his parent’s marriage.”

I’m assuming you instantly know this movie without naming it. And I’m also assuming you’re serious about screenwriting.

Writing a logline can be challenging, but it’s crucial for promoting your screenplay. By following the steps outlined in this article and seeking screenplay coverage, you can refine your logline and enhance the overall quality of your script.

How To Write Your Screenplay

Remember to keep your screenplay logline simple, compelling, and reflective of the core elements of your story.

With a strong logline, you’ll increase your chances of capturing the attention of industry professionals and taking your screenplay to the next level.


Got a script and dreading writing the logline? You’re not alone. Stop trying to write it yourself at first. Instead, get some screenplay coverage from places like WeScreenplay or folks on Craig’s List.

They’ll give you a rough logline and some feedback on your script.

Use that to refine your logline, making sure it’s simple yet captures your story’s heart. It’s all about grabbing attention and making your screenplay stand out. Keep it straightforward and focus on the big picture.

Questions About Loglines?

Here are answers to some questions you may have about writing loglines for screenplays.

What is a logline in a movie?

A logline is a short sentence that tells you what the movie is about. It shows the main problem, the main character, and what they’re trying to do.

How do you write a good logline for your screenplay?

To write a good logline, focus on the main problem in your story, who it’s about, and what they want to achieve. Keep it simple so anyone can understand.

Why is a logline important for a screenplay?

A logline is important because it grabs the attention of people who make movies and helps them see quickly why your movie would be great to make.

Where can I get feedback on my screenplay?

You can get feedback from sites like Craig’s List, WeScreenplay, and Fiverr, where people can read your screenplay and give you advice on how to make it better.

What does screenplay coverage mean?

Screenplay coverage is when a professional reads your screenplay, gives you feedback, and writes a short summary and a logline to help improve your script.

How many people should review my screenplay before I finalize my logline?

It’s a good idea to have at least three different people review your screenplay. This helps you see different viewpoints and make your logline and screenplay better.

Can anyone write a screenplay?

Yes, anyone can write a screenplay, but it takes practice, a good story, and understanding how to write for movies.

What should I do if my screenplay gets rejected?

If your screenplay gets rejected, don’t give up. Use any feedback you get to make your screenplay better and keep trying.

How can I make my screenplay stand out?

To make your screenplay stand out, have a unique story, strong characters, and a clear, interesting logline that grabs attention.

What’s the best way to summarize a screenplay?

The best way to summarize a screenplay is to write a logline that tells the essence of your story simply and clearly, focusing on the main conflict and character.

How do I know if my logline is good?

You’ll know your logline is good if people get excited about your story after hearing it and if it clearly shows what’s unique and compelling about your screenplay.

Do I need to live in Los Angeles to get my screenplay noticed?

No, you don’t need to live in Los Angeles to get your screenplay noticed. With the internet, you can submit your work and get feedback from anywhere.

What if I can’t summarize my screenplay in one sentence?

If you can’t summarize your screenplay in one sentence, try focusing on the main conflict and the main character’s goal. Simplify until you get to the essence of your story.


Here’s a glossary of screenwriting terms mentioned in this article.

  • Logline: A short sentence that tells what your movie is about. It shows the main problem, who the story is about, and what they want.
  • Screenplay: The writing part of a movie includes what the characters say and what happens in the scenes.
  • Screenplay Coverage: When someone reads your movie writing (screenplay) and gives you advice on improving it, they also try to write a simple version of your story (a rough logline).
  • Craig’s List: a website where you can find people who will read your screenplay and give you advice for a small fee.
  • WeScreenplay: A place online where you can get your screenplay read and get feedback to make it better.
  • Fiverr: A website where you can hire people to do small jobs, like reading your screenplay and giving feedback.
  • Refining a Logline: Improve your short story sentence (logline) by using advice from people who read your screenplay. Focus on the main problem, the main person, and what they want, keeping it simple.
  • Marketing: Trying to get people interested in your movie. The logline helps because it tells them quickly what your film is about.
  • Industry Executives: People who work in making movies and decide which movie stories get made.
  • Film Producers: People who help make the movie happen. They pick the stories to help make the film and show it to people.

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ARTICLE BY Jason Brubaker

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