Asking the Questions that Create A Great Story

Jo Hawk


I believe most fiction is intelligent. To my mind, good stories have a core that addresses an underlying human question. The questions can be personal, specific to a group, or apply to the entire human race. Writers bravely tackle how it feels to love someone who doesn’t return the emotion. They explore death, and why someone might consider murder or suicide. They display shining examples of those who overcome hardships, who sacrifice everything to save another soul.

The story’s question may consider why we wage war, how power can corrupt men, or the hardships people will endure when survival lies in the balance. No matter how abstract the question, when a story presents a question, and a believable character responds, the question becomes tangible and personal. Stories allow us to consider how we might respond in the same situation. They may open hearts and minds to expose alternate possibilities that…

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