Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q is for Questions

This year for the A-Z Challenge, I'm attempting to act like I know what I'm talking about and offering advice about writing.  Let's see how I do!

Also, don't forget to stop by the Parallels blog to see more posts about the upcoming anthology, which will be available on May 3rd!

When you first start to seriously consider putting your writing in front of an audience, you’re going to have a lot of questions.  And trust me, the more you learn the answers to those initial questions, the more you’ll generate new questions you never knew you needed to ask.  That’s okay.  It’s a process we all go through.

It’s important that you’re not afraid to ask questions.  Sure, I understand about being shy, because I’ve struggled with that myself.  I often feel silly even asking a question, because I worry that I’m showing my ignorance.  It might make me look stupid or silly.

Now, I know this fear of mine is ridiculous.  We all need to ask questions sometimes, and who better to ask than our fellow writers?  We’ve all been in the same boat, and in general, we want to help each other out.  If you ask us a question and we don’t know the answer, we generally know someone who will.  That’s the beauty of networking and sticking together.

So if you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask!


  1. I have struggled with this myself.. I spent half my life being quiet.. not I try not to clam up and ask my questions out loud.
    Good post!
    #AtoZChallenge - Q is for Quiet

  2. I fear asking questions of people. Particularly to have someone look at what I wrote. I'm learning to overcome that fear and ask anyway. I found a few people, so it is possible, but I feel like I need more critique partners.

    The other thing I'm afraid to ask is why. I don't know what it is, but I feel like I should know some answers to writing questions. I graduated with a Creative Writing concentration, but I feel like I've missed out on so much.

    G. R. McNeese from
    Project Blacklight

  3. The hardest question for me to ask is "Will you help out?" I always feel awkward asking, but the responses always surprise and I never regret it.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  4. I like to volunteer to ask the stupid questions because, even I think I know the answer. The way I figure it, someone's got ask, and asking questions is a sign of a willingness to learn new things.
    JEN Garrett