Jan 13, 2017

Unanswerable Questions

In rewatching the J-series of QI on Hulu, I was once again amused by the dream question thought up by Victoria Coren Mitchell.
Why was the March Hare so important to the Aztecs?
And then of course she referenced Lewis Carrol’s question: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
She called them both unanswerable questions, but they’re not really. Questions like that have a hundred answers. At least, they do if you’re a writer.
Take either of these questions and you can come up with a heap of answers in almost every genre (I admit I’m struggling to find a way to use it in contemporary or historical romance, but I’m sure there’s at least one way).
And that is truly one of the many ways being in this profession is utterly glorious. Others struggle to understand the world around them. We can ignore anything we choose and make up our own answers, rules, and problems.
Why is a writer like a trigonometry test?

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