The whine of a toddler is like nails on a chalkboard after hearing that one word for the thousandth time. But Mom’s will take a deep breath and answer as best they can.
Why do we put up with the constant questions?
Because questions are important.
Teachers encourage children, telling them there are no dumb questions. Curiosity is not what kills the cat, it is what builds worlds, cures diseases and invents the internet.
Questions lead us down the path of discovery. One question leads to another and another and like bread crumbs to new kingdoms.
Questions can prod you when stumped and breathe new life into your character or situation.
And if you’re lucky, questions and answers will piece together and make a great story. Or at least a good one.
So what questions need answers?
- What is the story about?
- What is the point of the story?
- Who are the characters?
- What are they doing?
- Where are they going?
- What do the characters want?
- What do the characters feel?
- Are the characters believable?
- Where does the story happen?
- Where does it end?
And the all important question…
Over and over a wide-eyed toddler stares up at their mom demanding to know why about everything in their ever-expanding world.
If you do the same of you story and characters , you might find the world you’re writing ever-expanding too.
If you’d like to read questions that successful writers ask when they write, I’ve added some links at the bottom of the page.
What questions do you ask when writing?
Do you map out certain questions to answer before you start?
Talk to me, the lights on and comments are now open.
25 QUESTIONS TO ASK AS YOU WRITE by Chuck Wendig
5 Key Questions to Ask as You Write Your Novel by CS Lakin