Where Dreams Meet the Business of Writing

Carolyn Joy Adams, in The Power to Write: A Writing Workshop in a Book, lists six important questions for every story.

the power to write1. What is the main theme of the story, the central conflict or problem your characters are confronted with?

2. Who is the story about?

3. When is the story taking place?

4. Where is the story set?

5. How did this story come to take place? What are the life events that have led up to the story’s opening scene?

6. Why do the characters want to take the actions they are taking?

These questions will help us, as writers, to determine if we’ve left out important information. As Carolyn Joy Adams states, “And when you can answer these six questions clearly for yourself, you undoubtedly will succeed in doing so for your readers, too.”

Happy Writing!

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