I just wanted to offer this quick question to all the writers out there.
Do you have a running question in your mind as you go through your story. What I mean is, as you read, or re-read your story, are you asking yourself if something needs to be answered?
Only recently have I started reading like that. This topic is probably common sense for writers, but I'd never thought about it this way.
I guess some running question examples would be: Who did it? Where are we going? What exactly is going on?
I've been reading my 'finished' novels from years ago, and I realize I don't have a running question. My characters simply run around, doing somewhat interesting stuff without there being any real direction, or mystery, or carrot dangling from a stick.
Maybe, if your style is hyperkinetically literary, you can get away without having a running question, but I'm starting to see that it really helps me gain some perspective.