Time to write a query–the dreaded phrase from any writer. Not only are queries exceedingly infuriating due to the brain shift they require, but they tend to carry the emotional weight of the manuscript’s potential. So, oftentimes when I get stuck on a query, I end up feeling disgusted with the manuscript as well, whether or not the shoe fits.
This time, I noticed a bit of a shift at least–for once, writing the query for Red Skies Take Warning felt easier. To that end, I think I can thank all the blurb writing I’ve had to do for novellas. It’s always been a tougher part for me to tap into, but blurb writing became easier with practice. And after I spent hours upon hours working on a short 25 word blurb for Stolen Petals, I think I finally understand what sort of discipline is required for the query, more than ever before.
Before, I used to throw my query up on forums and get buckets of critiques because I genuinely couldn’t tell if it was compelling or good. I’d keep revising and revising until I wanted to hurl puppies into walls. But this time around, I’m just sending it to select few people and making the adjustments. I’m going to find my skeleton that works and refine it until the words do what I want them to.
A different approach, but only time will tell if it works!