Why write by using tiny questions

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“Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

The first words ever spoken on the telephone ushered in an impossible idea: the ability to live and work anywhere while still being able to talk with family and coworkers anytime we want.

Just like that first phone call ushered in the communication age, tiny questions usher in your ability to write. If you create articles by asking a tiny question, you can build momentum in creating content.

Tiny questions are questions that can be answered in one to three paragraphs

Tiny questions focus your thinking so you don’t get overwhelmed by coming up with a long response. You can answer quickly and keep writing.

In fact, that’s how you can recognize a good tiny question. The moment you start to wonder what to write, you know something is wrong with your question.

The question may be too big, like “can you tell me about your job?” Such a question leads off in too many directions. You don’t know where to start.

The question may not be specific enough, like “how are you doing today?” Doing in what way? You can’t give an answer because you don’t know what specifically “doing” means.

But a tiny question lets you come up with an answer quickly

You don’t have to sit and think about where to begin in answering, nor does it have any references or words that leave you stumped.

What do you do when you are stumped? Fix the question.

If the question is too big, break it down more. “What time do you like to arrive at work?” If the question has a word that is not specific, come up with a specific word. “How is your health today?”

I find tiny questions so valuable I use them everywhere

When I’m struggling with a problem, I use tiny questions to coach myself to an answer. When I’m writing articles like this, I use a series of tiny questions to direct the writing. When I’m helping my kids with homework, I use tiny questions to help them learn.

The principle is to always break something down until you reach the point that it’s easy to answer.

Tiny questions won’t usher in a new age like Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone call

But they can usher in a new age of writing for you. You can get content written faster and with much less stress.

Summary

  • Writing articles by answering questions helps you build content creation momentum.
  • “Tiny questions” is the idea of breaking down a topic into easy to answer questions.
  • If you struggle to answer a question, it is either too big or not specific.
  • When you’re stumped, break the question down smaller and more specific.


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