Yes, I know, I know, I know, I'm supposed to be unplugged. Really, I am unplugged - well, one of my personalities is, but I can't speak for the others!
I've been in the process lately of attempting to work on my query . . . and not go totally insane in the process. Last night I had a breakdown . . . .ooops, meant a breakthrough!! I finally, finally, finally pieced together the opening paragraph of the query. Yeah, only the opening, but it's a start.
Today I've been mulling over the next part of the query and, lo and behold, I come across this post by Lynn Price. Check. It. Out.
According to Lynn (who has a fabulous Beagle that makes margaritas), when writing a query, the writer should consider whether their brilliant piece of fiction is plot or character driven. Who knew? I certainly didn't.
So, first, some definitions, as provided by Ms. Price . . .
Plot Driven is about the movement of events within a story and how the characters influence those invents. Go here to read more.
Character Driven is all about the characters and it is they who are the main dish in your personal banquet . . . their personalities, motives, and desires are the yin and yang to the plot, and their actions are a driving force to influencing the story.
Who knew? I certainly didn't, nor did I know that (at least according to Lynn) the plot can be on the thin side because it's secondary to the character(s).
The things I learn on a daily visit to the blogsphere.
With a character driven story, the query should focus on the characters rather than the plot. This is where voice plays a big role because you need to make them come to life and make us (agents/editors/et al) care about them.
This little tidbit of knowledge has, to me, been a gift of great immensity because Margarita Nights is all about the characters. Yes, there is plot, major plot, but the characters - their thoughts, desires, actions - are what drive the story forward.
So, since my story is character driven, I am going to heed Lynn's advice as I continue working on my query and let potential agents see, feel, empathize, and understand (my) characters! The reason: the aforementioned, according to Lynn, is the difference between "send me pages," and "no thanks".
On that note . . . wait, hold on, you did check the post out, didn't you? C'mon, sources of great knowledge are worth checking out!
Now . . . have a great day!
P.s. - all italicized sections in this post are taken directly and/or paraphrased from this post found on the Behler Blog.