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Weekend Assignment: Practice Queries

Dr. Frankenstein and His Monster

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The weekend is upon us! Time to tackle another writing challenge.

This is possibly my favorite writing exercise EVER. Not only does it require that you stretch your writing muscles, it helps you hone your skills at writing one of the most dreaded things ever faced by novelists — the novel query.

The idea comes from author Dee Garretson. On her blog, Garretson encourages writers to take a book or movie they know well (in this case, Frankenstein) and write a query for it. Her post includes important questions to ask to help you distill the information in your query down to the bare bones.  Take a few moments to click over and read what she has done. I promise, if you are in the midst of writing a novel, or ever want to submit one, this is well worth your time.

Another great resource for getting a handle on writing queries can be found on Janet Reid’s blog:  Query Shark. Ms. Reid takes the time to deconstruct real query letters and explain what works and what doesn’t. This blog is another must-read source to add to your list.  If you’ve never attempted a novel query, or need a hint about what goes into one, I recommend you click over and browse a few of the sample letters.

Okay, now that you’ve done that, it’s time for the weekend assignment: writing a mock query of your own. Choose your favorite published novel and, using Garretson’s questions as your guide, construct a query for it.

The Show and Tell Challenge

Step right up and take the B&B Show and Tell Challenge! Here’s how: simply write your response to this assignment, post it on your blog, then come back and leave a link to your post in the comments. It’s that simple!

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