I know you’re supposed to be in the possession of a highly polished version of your novel, before you start thinking about your query letter. Let alone write one.
BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP MYSELF.
For me it’s something to work on when I get stuck editing or writing. And when a sentence captures the feel of my story, I copy/paste it in a separate document I keep to tinker with my query letter. Appropriately named: Document 3, which is a pretty lame title if you consider making up titles is peering down at the top regions of my What-I-Love-About-Writing- List.
Anyway.. In earlier stages this process showed me how thin my plot was. Or that my plot was transparent (sounds better than invisible, don’t you agree?).
Maybe I’ve a weird process but it makes me understand my story better. I’m learning to write a more cohesive pitch and to be specific.
No dark forces that gather but three highly gifted sorcerers who feed on the pain of others meet and plan to kill all the people in an elderly home.
No more plan to kill but they inject all the residents with high dose insulin (no magic needed. Told you they were highly gifted).
No tragic event but All residents, except one, die. A 93 year-old lady who stole and ate all the candy in the Home survived.
No worst nightmare but the Sematary from King’s Pet Sematary is real and they just sold the plot to create a burial place for children.
It works for me, and if it works I keep it 🙂 Weird or not.