I wanted to rework the logline for my mystery-comedy spec, so, never one to totally learn from previous experience and hoping for best possible results, I took the plunge and posted it on a few forums, seeking potentially helpful feedback.
Thus did the floodgates open.
It’s me and my story out there in the open, waiting for the world to let itself be heard.
And it did. Oh boy, did it.
One response was a literal interpretation of the words, and why it didn’t work. My assumption that certain details were implied was apparently incorrect.
Several focused on presenting the story in a way I repeatedly explained just didn’t apply. No matter how much I emphasized it was THIS kind of story, they just could not get away from thinking it was THAT kind of story.
Then there’s the omnipresent “I can’t see this being a story” and “It doesn’t sound solid enough.”
Well, I can and think it does.
My words, meet deaf ears. I got similar responses when I was starting the western, and that turned out pretty well.
It’s my sincere belief that everybody’s intentions are good, and they probably don’t mean for their comments to come across in such a “why don’t you know better?” and “THIS is the right (read: only) way to do it” manner.
Even if I totally disagree with somebody, I still appreciate the fact they made the effort to read it, analyze it and create what both of us hope is a helpful response. That doesn’t mean I have to take their word as gospel.
And unless I’ve actually met the person, I have no idea how much legitimate experience or expertise they have. For all I know, everything they say stems from reading SAVE THE CAT a couple of times.
Putting together a logline is an exhausting process. Some people are better at it than others.
As it so happens, I’m not one of them.