Questions, Questions

by Nancy Casey

There are a lot more questions in this world than answers. Today in your writing, have a little fun asking questions. Skip the answers. Just ask the questions.

First, get your page set up. Draw a line at the top of the page where your title will go. A good way to set aside space for illustration is to draw a frame around the page that you can decorate, either now or later.

Write the letters of the alphabet, A-Z down the left-hand side of the page.

For each letter, write a question that uses a word that begins with that letter.

You can start with “A” and work your way down the page. Or you can skip around.

Maybe you will know the answers to the questions you ask, and maybe you won’t.

To be creative with your question-making, think about the basic question words, the ones that start with “W.” Who, what, when, where, why?

There is also How? As in How many…? Or How does…?

Yes-or-no questions are a possibility. They might start out with Does…? Or Is…?

Sometimes you can make a question more interesting if it uses words like if or would somehow.

Write down the first idea that comes into your mind, and then just keep going.

When you have filled up the page, read through all of your questions. Add illustration or decoration if you like.

Do your questions form any kind of a pattern or seem to tell a story? Do they seem to be about a bigger idea that you hadn’t really planned on writing about? If they do, maybe you can use that insight to think up a title. If they don’t, make up some kind of a title anyway and write it at the top of the page.

Put your initials or a signature on the page, too. And write the date on it. Here is an example of what someone could write.

You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. If you would like some help or encouragement with any kind of writing project, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Center.

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