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Does a story/novel need a question?

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    jane
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    I often hear authors say they came up with their novels/stories because of a question. For example, at a recent lecture, an author said she came up with her series after reading an article about OCD in a magazine which made her wonder: ‘what would happen if a werewolf had OCD?’ and a character was born and a story grew. I am writing a Women’s Fiction novel that is character driven but it doesn’t have a question and therefore doesn’t have an answer, or at least any that I am aware of and/or that isn’t obvious. It does, however, have a central theme. Do all stories need a fundamental question or problem? Or can a story just be a story? Does it depend on the genre?

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    mary2
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    I don’t think you need to consciously try and answer a question. However, a story would revolve around a certain idea with characters put into situations and left to deal with them. This in its own poses a question and shows a solution or an answer t them.

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    jane
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    Thanks, that’s what I was thinking too: )

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