Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Questions

Questions can be hard, but they can also be fun or meaningful.  Questions can take us places we might not have thought to go. Help us clarify our thinking about something. Let us see things...better or differently or from a broader perspective. Their answers may even loosen our fingers to let go of things we are doing, or choices we are making, because they are not actually doing what we thought they were.

Having passed the midpoint in the A-Z challenge now, it seemed a good time to pause and think about my experiences so far and to begin framing things to think about after it is finished.  Questions I might ask myself include-- Have I grown as a blogger in participating in this challenge? In what ways? Have I connected with other writers and bloggers in a meaningful way? What do I want to take out of this challenge? Are there types of writing I hadn't thought much about before that I should be cultivating?  Are there topics I might want to explore in the future that I wouldn't have thought about before? What do I want my blog to be about moving forward?

On her blog, writer Justine Musk wrote an entry about starting a blog as a fiction writer.  In it she urges us to consider using the questions that drive us or intrigue us as the thing around which we circle our posts.  She writes-
"[As] fiction writers, we have our obsessions: those questions that we’re compelled to ask again and again, entering the same theme through different doorways, like Monet and his water lilies or Degas and his dancers. 
How could you take one of those questions and put it at the center of your blog?   
Instead of using it as a catchall drawer for random musings, why not turn your blog into a personal quest through asking, researching and answering or exploring different aspects of that central question? 
It could be spiritual, emotional, or social."

What about you?  Are there new (or old) questions you are asking yourself about your blog or your writing as we work through this challenge together?  If you are completing this challenge for the second plus time, how is your experience different this time?


  1. Great post!

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    I'm also participating in the A-Z Challenge, and my theme focuses on YA books and the title of the day starts with the letter of the day!

    1. Oh how fun! I love YA lit. Can't wait to check it out.

  2. Thanks for the really thoughtful and thought-provoking post!

    I'm not sure what questions I'm trying to answer, honestly. That would be a good thing to think through.

    I'm participating in the Challenge this year for the second time. It's different this year because I'm not one of the helpers for the co-hosts, but I'm still trying to visit as many blogs as I can. Also, I'm hoping to turn my posts this year into a book, versus last year when I was just trying to write every day and keep to my themes!

  3. Oh awesome. I am glad if you were able to find this useful. Best of luck with the challenge of writing your book!