writing prompt header

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!

Author spotlight

Emily S.

Swoon editor, IT girl, customer service representative, Small Council member, the-one-who-makes-the-coffee-but-mostly-just-on-Monday-and-sometimes-Thursday, etc.

See More