One of my very favourite books is Alice in Wonderland. Therefore, in the spirit of the Mad Hatter and his unanswerable riddle (although scholars now have come up with an answer)*, here are ten somewhat unanswerable questions that many writers wrestle with on a daily basis. No order. No judgments. Just questions.
10. Where did that idea go? I had it last night...
9. When did my coffee get cold?
8. Why do I write characters who are experts in fields that I am not?
7. What happens next? Seriously. What happens next?
6. Why don't I have three hands? (two to type and one to hold a tasty snack)
5. How did I not notice I have characters named Jim, Tim and Kim? (Unless they're triplets, I've got a problem...)
4. Why did no one tell me that it takes a long time to write 80,000 words?
3. Why did no one tell me it takes even longer to write 80,000 good words?
2. Why did no one buy more coffee?
1. When will this d**#$ed thing be finished?
* During the Mad Tea Party, the Hatter poses the question, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?". Scholars agree that although the characters find it unanswerable in the book, one possible solution is 'Because Poe wrote on both'.
Massive personal agenda: If you too are an 'Alice' fan, please check out my murder mystery game 'Curiouser and Curiouser'! You and your guests play characters from the books and discover who has killed the Knave of Hearts with a poisoned tart.
|Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games A Fatal Fairy Tale and Deadly Ever After are among the top-selling mystery games on the web. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by host-party.com. She has also contributed articles to the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Antonelli, Author.|