Sunday, 27 May 2012

6 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR NOVEL

* I'm listening to
Primadonna - Marina and The Diamonds
I'm dusting off my suit and looking for
a top that says "Employ me!"

I'm applying for a job. It isn't primary school, class teaching, although it is in an academic setting *new challenges :D

I would love to be successful because the skill set I possess would be suited to the role. 

The challenges posed by the different setting would be exciting. 

Right in the middle of the application form, I imagined the interview. *how-like-me ;) 

In the interview, the questions they ask will be related to my experience or to the role. I’m either going to give the answer they are looking for or I’m not. 

The part of the interview I was uncertain about is when they say “Do you have any questions for me?” 

I did some research. The CBS News site offered this advice.

Who is in charge?
Who is in charge and how will success be measured?
What is your management style?
            How would you describe your style of management?
What is your biggest problem right now?
The follow up discussion could show your ability to contribute towards meeting and overcoming the challenges.
Why are you here?
            Knowing why this person works there, remains there, may reveal a lot about the work place
Why is this position open?
            Did the previous person leave, gain promotion within, and is there an internal candidate?
What next?
Where are you in the hiring process? When and how should I follow up?

I thought I was doing interview preparation until I got side-tracked by the basic questions. 

I read the question but not as preparation for a possible interview. I imagined the relationship between characters. 

Thinking about the characters using these six questions gave me an insight into their past, current situation, and their future too.

They turned into:

6 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR NOVEL:

Who is in charge?
What is your management style?
What is your biggest problem right now?
Why are you here?
Why is this position open? (How did the situation occur?)          
What next?

DO YOU FIND THAT EVERYTHING YOU ENCOUNTER IN REAL-LIFE IS REFLECTED ONTO YOUR WRITING?

6 comments:

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    1. Hi Paula
      Thank you. I find I relate most things to writing.

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    1. Hi Lynn
      I found them very thought provoking ;)

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  3. 1st, good luck w/your interview
    2nd, thanks for the questions! i am modifying them for my upcoming pitch session!
    3rd, way to adapt them for an ms!

    glad i stopped by!

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    1. Hi Tara
      Thank you :)
      I'm glad you found the questions useful too. I hope your pitch session goes incredibly well.
      I found them really useful for fine-tuning the relationships in my ms.

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