Ciao, SEers. Three posts ago, I said I only had three posts left for the year. That was a bit misleading. I only had three “regular” posts left for the year. I didn’t include our Friday posts, of which I had one left. This one.
The question post.
When I think about fiction questions, one comes to mind. The question. The one every author says to ask as you work on the tension and plot development in your story.
I have a confession to make. I seldom, if ever, ask myself that as I’m outlining/plotting/writing. I tend to think in terms of actions and reactions (which coincidentally coincides with scenes and sequels), so I never have to wonder what will happen. If I know my characters (and I always do), I know how they’ll respond, so what will happen next in the story never really stumps me.
But I’m curious about how everyone else writes. Do you advance your stories by asking “What if…?” or do you have another method to figure out what your characters should be doing? Let’s talk about it.