Q is for Questions
Sometimes it is as simple as, what if there is a knock at the door? or, what if the phone rings? It interrupts the action and potentially brings a new character into the story. I used it in my novel, Gorse Lodge. It didn't bring a new character in that instance, but it connected two previous characters which gave me a great new subplot to pursue.
The questions often take me off on a tangent and I need to be careful not to go awandering, and literally lose the plot. It's worth it though. Asking the questions widens my view of the scene. Especially the question, 'what else can I see?' I imagine a particular scene in my head, then I do a 360 degree turn of the scene. Is there another door in the room, or a table with something significant on it? Is there another person in the in the vicinity? Is there a vaguely familiar face in the crowd, or suspicious behaviour from someone. If outdoors, what is the view? If in doors, what is the room like?
If I get stuck, questions can help me get my story out the mud and back on the road. It's always helpful and definitely worth doing.
Do you ever use questions? If not, how do you get unstuck, when you're stuck?
Annmarie Miles is from Dublin, Ireland.
She lives with her husband Richard who is a pastor in the Eastern Valley of Gwent, in South Wales. She writes short stories, magazine articles, devotional pieces for Christian radio, and blogs about her faith at www.auntyamo.com Her first collection of short stories published in 2013, is called 'The Long & The Short of it'. Her second collection, 'A Sense of the Sea and other stories,' was published in 2018 and in December 2019 she published her first novel, Gorse Lodge. She is currently editing a non-fiction book about being an overweight Christian called, 'Have mercy on me O Lord, a slimmer.'