Monday, August 22, 2011

Write a Query Now? Are you Sure?

I have heard, in several different places, about writing a query before you actually start writing your first draft. It's supposed to help make sure you have all the right elements to your story. It can also give some ideas to help strengthen your manuscript. Then you don't have to rewrite.

So, I'm trying it.

And let me just say, it's not any easier to do before the ms is written than after.

But . . .

It has been a good experience and helped me define things that I hadn't before. I have been procrastinating actually writing this story because I want to be totally prepared before I write it. But I guess you are never completely prepared, are you?

Even though the query I wrote is definitely not something I would send out, it needs a LOT more work, but it helped ground me. I feel better prepared.

I would definitely recommend it and will most certainly do it again.

Now to open the blank document and start writing.


  1. Since I'm getting ready to write a third book, I might try that. Give myself someplace to begin.

  2. Oh, the query scares me, but the time is coming soon. Still...scary.

  3. Way to go, Shari! Proud of you! Sometimes just trying something different is all it takes to get us moving ahead. :)

  4. Yeah, queries are hard no matter when. Good for you for trying it! Good luck with the book now :)

  5. I'm preparing to write a query for a finished manuscript, but next time I may abandon my pantser ways and give this a go!

    Great post! I'm looking forward to campaigning with you!

  6. Hi Shari,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm excited to be campaigning with you.

  7. I do this too! Writing the query -- or even a synopsis -- first really helps me focus on the plot so it's not quite as holey once the first draft is written. ;)

  8. I think it's a good idea. Not that I've ever done it. With my latest project I tried to outline in depth before starting, but my mind just refused. Apparently I'm a scatter brain.


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