In 2014, I set a goal of 50 books for the year, and managed 34. When discussing our reading goals for the following year, I set it at 100, because I am clearly insane. I trailed behind pace for most of the year, but with a massive push to the end and helped by a...
I think I’m starting to sniff around my concept for this year’s NaNoWriMo. It started with the kind of question you ask yourself after reading the same trope for the fourth time in a row, then became something I thought I might be able to explore. Once it started looking like it would be A Thing, I opened up a document to start tracking my thoughts.
This document isn’t in with my manuscript drafts. It’s not with my character worksheets, my outlines, or my random research snippets. It’s in my queries.
It sounds kind of crazy, right? The query (or blurb/back cover copy if you’re self-publishing or already agented) is something you’re not worrying about until you’ve gone through several rounds of drafts and revisions. Certainly, it is the highest of high crimes to send out a query for something that’s not fully complete and polished; sending out one for something that hasn’t even been started would probably have an agent checking to see if she’s developed the power to light you on fire with her mind.
We’re not talking about sending the query, though. Just writing it. And it’s something I’ve found to be tremendously helpful. Really, it’s just another approach to outlining, and one that’s quite appealing to me as an inveterate pantser.
Well, here we are. I’ve just sent off the last query letter for Ignition. Mind you, this doesn’t mean I’m withdrawing the project, or that I’m scraping the bottom of the vodka bottle. (That might not be the right idiom.) The order of my list...