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3) Write a query letter for a fantasy (any kind) novel

Dear Prospective Agent,

Nathan Gale doesn’t remember his mother’s face. He doesn’t remember much of anything about her, not since she left him at the orphanage on his sixth birthday. But he feels close to her every time a warm Texas storm passes through, and he wants to know “why”. Why he only feels connected to the world during lightning storms, and why she left him alone.

Taking a leave from his banal call center job, he rents a Jeep and starts driving the long I-10, hoping he’ll find something on the long highway; or he would until college dropout “on break” Anita Cozera talks her way into a ride wherever he’s bound, whether he wants her along or not.

Together they hit the road; Anita discovering she wants more purpose in life than she’ll ever admit too, and Nathan finding several people along the way who knew his mother and through them finding out much she seemed to make connections to so many other people who aren’t him. They talk about her like they just saw her. One actually did not too long ago. But Nathan is always two steps behind in his chase. Frustrated with trying to find someone who seems to be actively avoiding him, all Nathan wants is the simple answer of “why,” and he’ll chase every storm cloud he has to until he gets it.

LIGHTNING’S CHILD is a road-trip, soul searching fantasy at 85,000 words. Thank you for your consideration.



1) Write a scene saying “hello”
2) Write a scene with a drunken mythological creature
3) Write a query letter for a fantasy (any kind) novel
4) Prompt: a hostage situation
5) Write a scene entirely in dialog
6) Write a scene with people talking, but without any actual dialog
7) Write something dirty (take that how you will)
8) Write a scene as a cat
9) Write a scene working from the title “Roses are Red, Violets are Dead”
10) Write a scene focused around a musical instrument
11) Prompt: a dragon and a princess
12) Write a scene at a sushi bar
13) Prompt: underwater
14) Write the final scene of a romance novel “Never Been Caught”
15) Prompt: shots fired
16) Write a scene on horseback
17) Write a scene with a character in a foreign land, unable to speak the local language
18) Prompt: the name “Thomas Daniel”
19) Prompt: in the marketplace
20) Write a scene with the opening line “I hate you; I just want you to know that”
21) Write a scene with a drink(ing) of some sort
22) Write a scene with children
23) Prompt: falling
24) Write a scene on a movie set
25) Prompt: noir style
26) Write a personalized rejection letter for the YA novel “Sparkle Lust”
27) Prompt: trapped
28) Prompt: overhearing a conversation
29) Write a scene about a [person] and their [animal]
30) Write a scene saying “good bye”
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