I do compose something similar to a query, at least a part of it before I've started/drafted/rewritten/finished a story, short or long. It's a pitch, a brief encapsulation of a story's central action, also known as a dramatic premise, an insuperable moral dilemma, a log line in Hollywood parlance, and handsful of other terms I've encountered. Doing so really helps get to the core meaning of a story's inspiration, gives me an insight for estimating how long the resulting story will be, and gives me a point of focus to stay on track. The essential elements I expect from a pitch are a larger-than-life character suffering an insuperable dilemma in a dramatic context confronting a life-defining complication. Character, plot, setting, stakes, and motivations, introductions purposed to engage audience rapport.
I don't submit a query before completing a work though, which I think agrees with the motivation behind the topic question.
I also write or mentally compose pitches of existing published works for practice.
A rural fishing community labels an aging fisherman down on his luck a worthless old salt. To show them he's still got plenty of useful life left in him, he risks going fishing alone far out on a deep blue sea.
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