Ansley Asher

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One Good Question

Browsing around the internet yesterday I came across this: Candy Chang – Public Art – Sidewalk Psychiatry

“A routine trip can prompt reflections on everything from future goals to last night’s dinner conversation. As people sacrifice personal time for hectic schedules, these casual occasions for reflection become all the more important.”

The little messages encourage introspection, hopefully coming at an appropriate time for the passers-by (or maybe inappropriate, if you’re looking for humor). Are you asking yourself the right questions about your story, plot, and characters? Are you dancing around the things you really want to ask?

One good question–the right question–can inspire tired work, or shed light on something about your characters or plot that wasn’t clear to you before. If what you want to ask yourself or your characters is eluding you, try to think about and write down questions as if you were making notes about someone else’s work. Then give them to yourself, and pretend someone else gave you that note.