Thursday, April 21, 2011

Q: Query the Questing Beast

(image by Carisa Swenson)

Questing Beast: A beast with the neck of a serpent, body of a leopard, haunches of a lion, and feet of a hart that makes a sound from its belly like "thirty couple hounds question" (widepedia). Many knights chase after it put only Pelonore or someone of his blood-line (such as his son Percival) can capture it.

Query: A beast that must have the brevity of a paragraph, the drama of an opening scene, the personalization of a letter, and the cohesion of a sonnet that holds all the hopes of my manuscript in its jaws. Many writers can give me advise but only I can write it.

Only I can send it out.

I need to stop putting this off.


  1. If you can write that definition of a query (one of the best I've ever read), you can write a winning query.

    "The cohesion of a sonnet" indeed.

  2. Awesome picture, and LOVE your query definition! Great Challenge entry!



  3. Great post :) You are right, and you can do it! As intimidating as it is, you can do it.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  4. Writing a query is a lot like going after the questing beast. Good stuff!