One little question that can cause so much angst and joy.
I've found asking myself why after every little bit of action has added depth and a realism to my stories. It's a recent discovery and as I am still a fledgling writer, I'm sure many of you already do that.
Author - A
Critic (muse in disguise.) - C
A: FMC moves to Smallville USA
A: Because that's where she meets the love of her life!
C: But why does she move there?
A: Teenage MC runs away.
A: Because she thinks the cops are after her.
C: Why does she think that?
A: I don't know, but I know she needs to be running from the cops so she won't call them when the bad guy harasses her then finally kidnaps her and keeps her locked in a basement.
C: Uh huh. Did she do drugs?
A: No! She would never touch drugs!
C: Did she steal something?
A: No! She would never steal!
C: Did she do anything illegal?
A: No! She's a very good person.
C: Then why would she be afraid of the police?
C: Wait, why was MC in the bus crash?
A: Because MC has to take the bus to get around.
C: Why didn't he take his car that he bought last chapter?
And so on. (Not the best examples in the world, just what's popping in my brain at the moment.)
One little word can cause major transformations if asked at the right moment.