Writing Prompt: Tagline, You're It!
Taglines are fun. For those of you who aren’t sure what a tagline is, it’s that short phrase or sentence that you often see on the cover of a book, or on a movie poster (“In space, no one can hear you scream” is a classic example.) Its purpose is to reach out and hook a reader into picking up the book. Hopefully once they take a look inside, they’ll take it home!
Sometimes they’re easy to come up with, and sometimes they are super not. After all, how do you boil down a whole wonderful 300+ page book into just one or two grabby sentences? And sometimes the oddest thing happens: We come up with a tagline… for a book we don’t even have!
This could happen just in a random conversation between friends, or from writing one of our 10-Word Stories, or it could just drop in our heads seemingly out of nowhere. I had a couple of these orphan taglines rattling around, so I thought why not turn them into a writing prompt exercise?
Here are a few taglines that don’t have books to go with them. Anything spark a story idea with you? Give it a try!
• Thieves shouldn’t steal hearts they don’t intend to break.
• The rain will be the last thing you hear.
• Everyone has a sad story. Never knew he’d be mine.
• The galaxy isn’t big enough for the both of them.
• Magic always came with a cost.
• Maybe love is being homesick for a person.
• She was born on the streets. Someday she’d rule them.
How about you, Swooners? Share your own ideas for stories or taglines in the comments below!