20 Questions about Reading or Writing


Author RLL. came up with the idea of exchanging 20 questions and answers that relate to reading or writing with fellow bloggers. RLL. presented this in the context of Read Tuesday, yet the idea would help to spread literacy, encourage reading, and connect book lovers together in any context.

If the idea of asking or answering 20 questions about reading or writing appeals to you, here are some ways that you can participate in this:

  • Exchange answers to 20 questions about reading with other bloggers. Post their answers to your questions on your blog. (It would be courteous to include one or more links with your post on their behalf.)
  • Check out RLL.’s original 20 questions by clicking here. These are answered by author Stephanie Stamm. Consider contacting RLL., Read Tuesday, or other bloggers, who may be willing to post your answers.
  • See 20 more sample questions below.
  • Try to find book lovers who’d like to answer 20 questions about reading or writing and have their answers posted on your site.
  • Do 20 questions sound like too many? Choose 10 or 5 or 1.
  • Don’t feel like contacting others? Answer 20 questions about reading or writing and post them on your blog.

If you participate, you’re welcome to include any of the Read Tuesday images (like the banner displayed above) with your post. Click here to see the assortment of Read Tuesday images created by Melissa Stevens. You have permission to use these in positive support of Read Tuesday, a Black Friday type of event just for books, on December 10, 2013. (If you have trouble with the aspect ratio or other image-related difficulties, please use the Contact Us feature.)

If you’d like to help support Read Tuesday, feel free to mention it briefly with your post, link to the Read Tuesday website, or include one of the Read Tuesday images. Any support is greatly appreciated and will benefit many readers and authors.

However, you’re also welcome to participate in 20 questions about reading even if you don’t wish to mention Read Tuesday. It’s totally optional.

20 questions about reading or writing (SAMPLE):

  1. If you needed to whack a zombie in the head with a book, which book would you use?
  2. If you could only have one book with you while trapped on a desert island, which book would it be?
  3. Which character would you most love to bring to life to meet?
  4. Which character or creature terrifies you the most?
  5. Name the book that you loved most as a child.
  6. Name a book that you wish you had read as a child.
  7. What author has had the biggest impact on your life?
  8. What author has had the biggest impact on your reading or writing style?
  9. Think of something related to books that you could get years ago, which you dearly miss.
  10. Think of something related to books that you couldn’t get until recently, which you love.
  11. Name a book where you wish you could rewrite the ending.
  12. Name the book that most moved you emotionally.
  13. Which author could come up with the most creative way to change a light bulb?
  14. Which author could best describe how to change a light bulb in an exciting way?
  15. Can you think of a wild pen name that you’d be too embarrassed to use as an author?
  16. Can you devise a really embarrassing typo?
  17. If you had to write a poem or short story without one letter of the alphabet, which letter would that be?
  18. If you could remove a common word from the English language, which one would you choose?
  19. Devise a creative twist for the ending of a classic fairy tale.
  20. Devise a clever title for a parody of a popular novel.

Ideally, a brief explanation would accompany the answer.

RLL.’s blog can be found by clicking here.

Click here to see RLL.’s post about Read Tuesday and click here for RLL.’s 20 questions with answers by author Stephanie Stamm. RLL. also has questions by other authors; just check out RLL.’s blog.

Are you an author who would like to participate in Read Tuesday, a Black Friday type of event just for books, on December 10, 2013? If so, click here. Of if you wish, simply send an email to chrism@chrismcmullen.com.

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