Are you struggling to give your story direction and purpose? Do you find yourself lost in the twists and turns of your own narrative? The answer lies in identifying your story's Central Dramatic Question. Let's explore the importance of the CDQ and get tips and tricks for uncovering it within your own story. From analyzing your premise to understanding your protagonist's motivations, I'll guide you through the process of discovering your CDQ and unlocking the true potential of your novel—the easy way.

How to find your novel’s Central Dramatic Question

The Central Dramatic Question of a story is the driving force behind that story. Without it, there is no force, and there are no turning pages. In general terms, the Central Dramatic Question provides a clear goal for the protagonist and sets up the stakes for the story, but what is it, really?