We all read articles to find answers to questions we ask ourselves. But in reality, aren’t we looking just for more questions? That’s an interrogation that has been bugging me for some time.
After all, if we read an article answering the question: “How can I focus?”, isn’t it just going to open us to more questions?
- What is “focus”?
- Will that method work for me?
- Are there different types of focus? If yes, Are they to be handled the same way?
- How can I put this method to the test?
- Is there any other way in case it doesn’t work?
- What can I take away from this article?
- Why is it that important to learn to focus already?
The list could go on and on.
The more we read online, the more questions appear in front of us. And the more we feel the need to read something else on the topic to find that final answer.
Unfortunately and luckily at the same time, there is no such thing as a final answer. We can keep on learning and learning, there will always be things for which the answer either doesn’t truly exist or hasn’t been found yet.
The true question we all want to know is this one:
How can my life be the best it could?
And to answer this question for someone else than yourself is to take on a responsibility impossible to live up to.
For this reason, the common advice given to writers is wrong.
The real objective for any writer shouldn’t be to answer questions readers have. It should be to bring the right questions with potential useful indications to the readers.
Many of my favorite articles are “How to” articles but the ones that stand out don’t just give me answers, they help me realize the existence of more questions I want the answer to.
Now, will this article bring answers to you? Probably not. Will it make you consider another way to see your own articles and how you write? Maybe. Will it be “interesting ”for you despite not having truly answered the question? You tell me!
All I know for sure is that questions and answers constitute an infinite spiral and that’s what keeps on bringing all of us back to writing and reading again and again.
Now let’s see what the next question you’ll be looking for will be.