A friend and I are in an ongoing discussion about a comic book story that we're working on. I'm the writer and he's the artist, but we're developing the story together. We have the story idea, but I'm finding it difficult to describe the story in a tangible and real way. While outlining, I've laid down story themes, initial plotting, etc., but I still feel as though I'm missing the ability to give the one punch description. If you were to ask me "What is your story about?" I'd need at least 6-10 sentences to tell you. So, three items for discussion here: 1. If you are currently working on a story, answer the question, "What is your story about?" 2. Name a story that you can think of, after hearing "what the story is about", that you would immediately read because of the story description. Not because of hype that you'd heard previously or anything like that, but because the story description sounds interesting. For example, if someone were to tell me what the Harry Potter Series is about, I imagine that the one punch description would be something like this: "An orphaned boy discovers that he has magical powers, goes to wizard school, and learns that he is the 'chosen one' in a battle against evil." My own personal take after hearing this story description would be...meh, sounds mildly interesting, but has been done before. Another example would be the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum. The story description I imagine would be something like this: "An undercover government agent that was sent to draw out the world's premiere assassin loses his memory and must discover who and what he is while trying to survive." My own personal take after hearing this story description would be...whoa! that sounds like a fun and original read... 3. What methods do you use to isolate and define your story description? I've tried to combine theme and idea into our story description. Here's what I've got so far (I still think it's too many sentences): "Two men bonded by their service in the military return home from war and find that they can no longer be a part of mainstream society. As outsiders, they forge new identities by doing whatever it takes to survive. Each compromise they make in order to survive comes with sacrifices. As the sacrifices come with greater costs, the men are forced to a crossroads and a climactic confrontation."