Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for Query

Maybe it seems like it is too Quick to think about your Query when you are revising your ms but I would Quibble with you! Your Query can help you with your revision for it is when you are writing your very good query letter and the synopsis that goes with it that you may find you've been slightly quixotic with your plot. At least that's what has happened to me by times. So use your Query to question your revision. If you think you are done and you imagine slipping it into a mailbox you might Quickly do an about turn and rightly so.

Writing your synopsis when done in tandem with your revision can be a great aid. There are many ways to write a synopsis and I found if I followed almost any of them before I got too far in my revision I could see what needed to be done.

Give it a try. What have you got to lose?

Here are two vegetarian lasagnas I made last weekend. We et up the small one and will have shared the large one with friends by the time you read this. Yummy.


Susan Scott said...

I agree that the query letter can be an aid to revision! It sharpens focus.
Quality looking lasagnes there!

Anonymous said...

That's a really good idea, Jan! The query letter and synopsis ask us to focus and outline the story. And that process helps us to keep the main story thread(s) in sight. Thanks for the suggestion.

Hart Johnson said...

I always mean to write these while I'm in process, but it never really happens... I think it CAN help you focus as to what fits, what is important, etc.

Arlee Bird said...

I've never made it to any query stage yet, but I should probably practice with this sort of thing just in case I ever do one.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Wrote By Rote

Shirley Corder said...

Good idea to do the query before the final edit! Thanks for that.

Jan Morrison said...

Thanks everyone! Encouragement is manna for the soul!