Can I Have Another Question?

I have done a small series of ‘What, Why and How I’m Writing‘ but here I want to talk about the art of asking questions while you write your novel.

When you start your writing, whether it’s a novel, an essay or anything that you’re feeling creative about. Now it’s just a start of an idea – we all know that πŸ˜‰ But what’s next?

After years of writing, I found that sometimes a story just falls apart. The main reason for that is that the author had stopped asking questions! It’s simple as that.

Now I know it sounds a bit silly, but it did take me a while to ask questions about everything major and minor that happens in my story.

Let’s say you have a perfect idea, wonderful characters and your words just keeps the reader on the edge of their sit. But somewhere in the middle, the plot holes begin to slow the reader down and in a worst-case scenario, the reader just doesn’t finish the book.

I learned from the people around me (My mom, my best friend, and hubby) to ask lots of question from the very beginning. as I start the outline or even before, as I take note of the idea.

Example:

A girl learns that she has a special gift.

Questions:

Who is this girl? What’s her name? How she looks? How old is this girl? Where she lives? What about her family?

How she learns about her gift? What is her gift? Is she the only one with this gift? What can she do with this gift? Can she hurt someone with her gift? How will she use her gift around others? What are the dangers about her gift? Can she turn it off? What will happen to her?

While writing all these questions I already thought of much more and a story started to form and more ideas came in my head. The more questions I can ask, for me, the better the story will be πŸ˜‰

There are great stories that the author just rolls with what happens and not questioning things while writing. But when you get stuck it’s nice to know where to go, that is why I love writing questions.

I admit that I do this in the outline mostly and to the major plot and main characters, but it still helps me see far beyond the initial idea and I get a deeper look into my characters thoughts and world.

Do you ask questions while writing? If you do, how you do that?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❀

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36 thoughts on “Can I Have Another Question?

  1. Χ¨Χ§ צריכים ΧžΧΧ•Χ“ ΧœΧ©Χ™Χ ΧœΧ‘ לא ΧœΧœΧ›Χͺ. ΧœΧΧ™Χ‘Χ•Χ“ או ΧœΧ©ΧΧ•Χœ Χ™Χ•ΧͺΧ¨ ΧœΧ’Χ•ΧžΧ§ מאשר רוצים ΧœΧ‘Χ’Χ™Χ’Χ” אחרΧͺ Χ”Χ•ΧœΧ›Χ™Χ ΧœΧΧ™Χ‘Χ•Χ“ Χ‘Χ€Χ¨Χ˜Χ™Χ Χ§Χ˜Χ Χ™Χ. ΧΧ‘Χœ Χ™Χ© בו׀רים Χ©Χ›Χ•Χͺבים Χ‘ΧžΧ™Χ•Χ—Χ“. אΧͺ Χ€Χ¨Χ˜Χ™Χ Χ”Χ§Χ˜Χ Χ™Χ. צריכים ΧœΧ”Χ—ΧœΧ™Χ˜ איזה Χ‘Χ€Χ¨ רוצים Χ•ΧœΧ“Χ’Χͺ ΧœΧ”Χ’Χ¦Χ•Χ¨ Χ‘Χ–ΧžΧŸ. ׀בט Χ Χ”Χ“Χ¨.

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    1. ΧͺΧ•Χ“Χ” אמא, Χ–Χ” Χ‘ΧΧžΧͺ Χ Χ›Χ•ΧŸ אני Χ—Χ•Χ©Χ‘Χͺ שאני Χ‘ΧΧžΧ¦Χ’, אני אוהבΧͺ ΧœΧ“Χ’Χͺ Χ”Χ¨Χ‘Χ” ΧΧ‘Χœ לא Χ™Χ•ΧͺΧ¨ ΧžΧ™Χ“Χ™Χ™, Χ—Χ—.
      אוהבΧͺ πŸ™‚

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  2. I continuously ask question while I’m writing, Galit, though not generally about the plot, which I outline quite carefully before I start. I often ask myself how characters would react in situations I throw them into. Writing historical fiction, I can’t allow their reactions to alter the set course of events, but it can help to develop their characters as people – as well as their interactions with other characters. Great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much. I am sure it will help πŸ™‚ I use this method all the time and for JuNoWriMo I think I will write tons of questions, lol, for the second book.

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  3. I outline by asking those kinda of questions. I also write the questions out so as I write, I can check the questions off after I’ve answered them in the story. It helps keep track of the point you want to make.

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