Starting a novel is asking a question. What if . . .? What would someone do if . . .? What if the world was like this, and this happened . . .? These initial questions lead to more questions, which shape and bring life to characters and story.

Questions are the key.

After thousands of hours of critiquing and editing hundreds of manuscripts, I’ve noticed there are some questions I seem to ask a lot.

These are five key questions you might need to ask as well, while writing or rewriting your novel.

  • Where is this scene taking place?

  • How much time has passed?

  • What is your character feeling right now?

  • What is the point of this scene?

  • What is your protagonist’s goal in the book?

I actually ask a whole lot more questions than these. And many are just as important to crafting a powerful novel. I’ve found when writing my own novels that if I just keep asking questions—the right ones—I’ll find the answers that are right for that story.

If you can get in the habit of continually asking questions as you delve into your novel, you may find it will lead you to the heart of your story.

Read the full article at 5 Key Questions to Ask as You Write Your Novel | Write to Done.

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