No one likes this this exercise. It was least popular when I introduced it in the Nanowrimo forums. Some people tried to beef it up to more words, or just one sentence in other threads, but that’s cheating according to Anne McCaffrey (author of the Pern series), so let’s see if you know your story.
1. DO NOT POST LINKS–it’s against the rules of Improve Your Writing.
Please do not post titles. If you post a title, that’s a fail.
You can comment on others to take a guess at their genre or just give them a like to vote for their book.
It will be considered a FAIL if you explain beyond the 20 words other parts of the plot, etc. Do not explain it in subsequent posts.
If you are personally interested in reading the story posted, PM the person in question.
So, in total, an exercise in the slush pile and also a way to figure out the bare bones of your book. Can you pass McCaffrey’s challenge?
IIRC McCaffrey said you need a few ingredients to make it “good”.
- Character (preferably name and who they are),
- main conflict
- thing that makes your story unique compared to other stories of its ilk
- clear genre
Note: an elevator pitch is usually even shorter… you’re lucky to even get 10 words. It’s the time between you in the elevator and the next floor. The best max at 6 words. 20 seconds for the pitch. After that, you have the conversation. “What are you writing?” at a convention should have a 20 second pitch to hook the person, and then the rest of it lined up and memorized.