About Writing: Three Questions

So, I think the class I taught in Oxford last week went quite well. If nothing else I got to watch that scene in The Wire where all they say is “Fuck” in various connotations. Nothing like sitting in a seat of learning and watching students giggle at swearing.

I also got the chance to expound my thoughts on using questions as a tool (see this post). It was useful to voice them all out loud, and we all concluded that if you only ask three questions of your script it should be these:

1. What does my main character want?

2. What’s stopping her from getting it?

3. How does she overcome these obstacles?

If you can answer all three (and hopefully give more than one answer for question 2), you have the makings of a good story.

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