The Reader’s Questions

The Reader’s Questions:

Who is telling this story and why?

Who does this story belong to?

Who am I with as the story opens?

Why does the story begin at this moment in the chracter’s/characters’ live/lives?

Where am I as the story opens?

What are the physical features of this place, what do I see?

What action is taking place?

When – at what time of day, what time of year, in what part of life is this story unfolding?

What’s at stake for the main character?

What does/do the character(s) want? What stands between him and him/her/them and what they want?

What do they fear? What is pushing them into contact with the feared object?

Putting yourself in the reader’s place and thinking your way through these questions can help you to establish the frame and basic outline of your narrative.