Now that you've finished reading, consider recording these plot elements:


  1. BACKGROUND elements, (only include what's absolutely necessary to support the plot):

  2. The BIG PROBLEM:

  3. BIG Life/Plot Changing EVENTS:

  4. FORESHADOWING: BIG What's going to happen next? QUESTIONS:


Choose Voice! Will it be First Person? If so, Which character?

Review your Annotations and utilize elements recorded that you think are attention grabbing.


Remember, no matter what media tool you're using, your message needs to be clear, powerful and engaging! Follow these tips for narration success!

  • Study the narration of trailers you like.
  • Decide on voice. Will it be a character's, the author's, yours?
  • Give your words attitude!
  • Focus on the problem in the story and one or two main characters
  • Create an enticing question(s) about the story's climax or important events.. What will the protagonist do when faced with his/her challenge? What obstacles does he/she face? Don't give away the ending!
  • Create an enticing description of the story's rising action to hook the reader
  • Include story elements.
  • Run On Sentences are OK!They actually create a sense of anticipation. You'll be able to use each part of the sentence in sequencial scenes
  • Consider including direct quotes from book (dialog or general text) when it works
  • Introduce characters and action without giving away too many plot twists
  • Be persuasive; you're selling your book!
  • End strong! Leave them wanting more!

Thinking about length....in general:

  • Long Sentences tend to require approximately 2-3 scenes
  • Short sentences use approximately 1-2 scenes
  • A 6 sentence 10 picture trailer will be approximately 30 seconds long
  • A 14 sentence, 35 picture trailer will be approximately 2 minutes long.
  • I suggest starting with an approximate 5-9 full sentences script. (Thinking approximately 12-20 "scenes")


Script Elements


Figurative Language


Strong Introductions


Strong Verbs