#atozchallenge : Q is for Questions #fiction #writing #quotes

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.

But I shall win this thing, and I’ll do what best I can to be a good cohost. Visit my fab fellow cohosts if you haven’t yet– (Lee, Alex, Tina, Jeremy, Nicole, Heather, AJMJ,  Pam and Stephen!)

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?

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  1. Lisa

    I am continually asking not only myself questions, but my protagonists as well. Sometimes they ask questions back! Great point and helpful to keep in mind. Liked the quotes…

  2. Debbie

    Questions create intrigue, which makes for a good story. 🙂 I've been remiss in not visiting here sooner. First timer with the #AtoZChallenge and it's a little overwhelming. Can't imagine how you have the time for other things. Kudos!

  3. klahanie

    Hey human, Damyanti,

    I notice my human put up a pawsting for you to enjoy on a hopefully, relaxed Sunday. He switched the comments off so you and your adoring alphabet fans could just listen, visualise and sense some tranquillity.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my dear human friend.

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy breath kisses,

    Penny 🙂 xx

  4. tombensoncreative.com

    Another great post from you Damyanti, and on a similar vein to my own, although as you know I fine-tuned the questions.
    Yes, as a reader I constantly ask questions, sometimes about the story, and on occasion the writing and why something was dealt with in a particular way.
    As a writer, apart from the constant questioning of ever aspect of my own work, I do have, like you do, those individual questions: why? when? who? what? where? It makes what we do and how we do it, what it is.

  5. Empty Nest Insider

    I think that Anne Rice said it best. It's important for people of all ages to always be looking, and asking questions. This helps enhance both the reading and writing experiences. Damyanti, you are doing a great job co-hosting A to Z, and I know you'll get through it with flying colors!


  6. klahanie

    Hi human, Damyanti,

    Yes, quite the struggle to keep up with the amazing alphabet challenge. Still, here I am pawing away. Anybody fortunate enough to read my incredible stories will sense that questions create more questions. I feel that there's a dialogue going between the reader and I, the lovable dog.

    Please relax on Sunday, dear human.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny, the friendly host of the Alphabark Challenge! 🙂

  7. Stephanie Faris

    I've heard it called may things over the years, but basically, all books build to a big moment when all seems lost, then everything is resolved, questions answered, etc. I love it being referred to as a question that's answered rather than a big horrible moment, though.

  8. Michelle Stanley

    I find myself agreeing once more with everything on the topic. I want readers to have a love/hate relationship with the characters, based on their personalities, and question their actions as the pages turn.

  9. J.L. Campbell

    For sure, as a writer there are important questions that I ask about the characters and their motivation. I do the same as a reader, however, at the end of the story, I expect that all my questions will be satisfactorily answered.

  10. Elizabeth Darkley

    As a reader, I like to be taken on a ride and not try to solve all the riddles and questions myself. I like for the story to reveal itself. As a writer, I think it's important to raise questions and doubts—this will make your reader worry for your characters—and give enough clues to foreshadow the answer.

  11. cleemckenzie

    I go along with Alex. You have to know the major question in your story and make the reader want to find out what the answer is. And, of course, kids need a page turner. They love fast-pace stories. Ann Rice is a fascinating author. She scares me, but I enjoy every minute.