Asking the Right Questions

It’s hard to know where to start on a big project or a life goal you want to achieve. But you won’t get there until you start asking questions.

You can’t ask just any questions either. You have to ask the right questions.

For example, if your goal is to write a book, you wouldn’t ask yourself “How do I write a book?” and then stop asking questions after someone tells you to just start writing.

You have to then ask “how do successful authors write books?” and “what do I want to write about?” maybe even “what do people want to read about?”

If you stop at the first question of how to write a book, you’ll be overwhelmed. You might find a few articles like “Ten Steps to Writing Your First Book,” and then you’ll think it sounds like a lot. Maybe you’ll even try the ten steps. But you will still be lacking the key insights that could have sped up the whole process and kept you motivated throughout the experience

By getting a fuller picture of HOW others write books and WHY they write them, you’ll be able to start off on a much better footing.

Taking this a step further, you could BREAK DOWN the book into chapters and ask questions about those. Then your questions become something you can act on even sooner. Like “how to write a good first chapter of a book,” and “how long should book chapters be.”

Now you can find the HOW for a step you could feasibly accomplish in one week. Doesn’t that sound better than just answering “how to write a book” and leaping into the deep end?

You’ll also have a lot easier time asking someone who’s been there before questions when they are specific. I’d imagine authors can answer a question like “how do I introduce my character’s love interest” much more quickly and with less eye rolling than they could answer “how do I make my book good??”

By breaking down your goal into more achievable steps and asking the right questions along the way, you’ll feel confident in your ability to make progress and reassured by the knowledge you gain from others.

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