So, I have this novel-type thing that I’ve been working on and it occurred to me over the weekend that I need to come up with the catchy pitch for it.
I kicked around The Player-style pitches (Hamlet meets Fight Club! Sex and the City meets The Wolfman!) but none of those seemed terribly promising.
So I tried this: A neurotic young widow struggles to master her newly discovered werewolf heritage.
And that sounded really boring to me, and I thought, “Ah-hah! If I discover the elevator pitch, I will have discovered how to fix those elements of the plot that I have been struggling with!”
This occurred to me: A young widow awakens from a suicide attempt as a werewolf.
Better. Punchier, anyway. But I just wasn’t sure that I wanted her to actually have killed herself in a direct fashion.
So I found myself writing a bunch of things like this: A young widow survives a murder attempt and awakens as a werewolf. A young widow has a fatal accident at an underground S&M club and awakens as a werewolf. A young widow sleeps with the wrong biker and awakens as a werewolf.
I realized I was doing Mad Libs.
A young widow [deadly activity] and awakens as a werewolf.
Dear Internet: what [deadly activity] would make you want to read this book?