Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing
The A to Z Challenge is chugging ahead, and I’m struggling to keep up, blog visits, comments,
making friends. I’m writing a story a day on Daily (w)rite, and that itself is proving to be daunting.
Today we talk Questions on Amlokiblogs– the sort of question a writer needs to raise or answer in the process of writing fiction. Here’s what authors who know what they are talking about have to say on the matter:
I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults want – a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humor, surprises, and mystery. A good book always keeps you asking questions, and makes you keep turning pages so you can find out the answers.—Rick Riordan
I’m always looking, and I’m always asking questions.—Anne Rice
I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied – about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works – and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling. —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the ‘what if – what then’ approach to writing and illustration. —Chris Van Allsburg
Sure, a good story raises lots of intriguing questions, but there is one question at the white hot center of all the others.This is the “Major Dramatic Question,” or MDQ for short. Every good story has its unique MDQ. Think of it as the story’s nucleus. It’s a centrifugal force that propels the story along its path of action, accelerating it steadily and breathlessly toward a climactic conclusion. And once the MDQ is answered… the story is over. — Daniel Noah
Do you ask questions as a reader? As a writer do you try to raise questions in the minds of the reader, then answer them?