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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Five Questions to Ask

Who, What, Where, When, Why? Five questions are all you really need to build a story. They aren't enough though, not all the time. Today's workout is the five questions you need to improve yourself, your work in progress, and your career.

Answer honestly. You don't need to share your answers, but I'd love to hear what you learn from this experiment. :o)

For You -
1. When was the last time you felt successful?

2. What five character traits would you like to possesses in twenty years?

3. What are your strengths?

4. What one bad habit would you really like to break?

5. What one new skill would you like to learn this year?

For Your WIP -
1. Why did you pick this story to write?

2. How did you envision your MC before you started writing?

3. What is your favorite part of this WIP?

4. What scene is the most challenging, why?

5. What do you want people to take away from this book?

For Your Career -
1. How much time do you invest in the writing portion of your career as an author? Should it be more?

2. Where do you want to be with your career in five years? Ten? Twenty? What milestones do you need to hit (and when) to reach these goals?

3. Which five agents or publishers do you think would be the best fit for your career goals and why?

4. What kind of advertising do you intend to do for your writing and your author brand?

5. What do you want your work to be known for?


  1. Great Post! I will link to it from my blog and post my answers there!

  2. I love stuff like this... Just to stop and think about these things can make a huge difference!