1.a summary of the contents of a book, article, or formal speech.Today’s Daily Post prompt triggered a though about my love of fiction writing, so I thought I would cross promote something from my fiction blog, the Fiction Playground. In three weeks I will join about 2,000 other bloggers in something called the 2017 A to Z Challenge. Basically bloggers are encouraged to blog through the month of April on every day but Sunday using the letter of the day.
So how does this tie to abstract? Well basically my A to Z challenge will be a prolonged opportunity to deliver the abstract of a new historical novel I am brainstorming. You see when I have an idea hit my radar I let it percolate for a few months. I try to see what kind of legs it has: short story, novella or novel potential. Or perhaps it is just a dry mine.
To whet you whistle here is a quick pitch I would deliver in an elevator if I had a few seconds to pique the interest of an agent or publisher:
Clementine O’Grady is trying to save her family business from ruin in the months following the American Civil War. When three strangers, two Yankees and a Rebel show up in town with the new steam locomotive that could solve all her troubles she must reassess her unwillingness to share her life and heart with another. Steel Horse Saviors tells the story of a nation divided trying to find its balance.
If you find this concept intriguing I invite you to check into the Fiction Playground beginning April 1st, when you can begin to meet the characters and learn about the setting and plot of this new novel. Of course you are certainly welcome to pop in at any time to check out the weekly photo fiction that I collect on the blog.