The Infamous Three-Letter Question
July 18, 2016 9 Comments
My daughter is starting to ask “Why?” to everything that happens.
Most parents get annoyed by it, but I’ve decided to engage her, because I don’t want to stifle her curiosity, or give her any indication that asking “Why?” is at all a bad thing.
For instance, I showed her Disney’s The Muppets (2011) for the first time yesterday. “Daddy loves this movie,” I told her.
“Because it’s hilarious.”
“Because it’s so well written.”
“Because the writers took pride in their work and took their time writing it.”
“Because they wanted the movie to live up to the anticipated hype.”
“Because they had a lot to live up to in order to match the the Muppets’ legacy.”
“Because bad movies don’t add anything positive to the entertainment culture. But good movies contribute positively and bring new ideas to the table.”
And so on. I love that she’s asking why. It gives us loads to talk about. Who knows what paths the three-worded question can take us! But I’d better be careful because I have the propensity to make up things if I don’t know the answer.
I have a “Why” for you. Why have we only had one J.K. Rowling in the last two decades? Why are good bestselling books so hard to come by? With as many people who are trying to become published authors, why do we hardly hear about breakout authors?
I have a suggested answer to these questions. Check out this weekend’s post I wrote about whether literary agents really are necessary to the publishing industry: Writer’s Cut Out the Middle Man!