By on December 19, 2019

Philosophical Questions All Writer's Should Ask Themselves

Writers are philosophical creatures at heart. In creating entirely new worlds and entirely new existences they can’t help but be. When creating a story, writer’s need to consider different philosophical questions to help build a world that resonates with them on a deeper level.

So what are some of the questions writers should ask themselves to help them think in this way and engage in a deeper understanding of people, behaviour, belief systems and the world around them?

Here are some you could consider:

What does it mean to be happy?

How can you have a good life?

Is the ego a negative or positive thing?

Can you be happy if you don’t achieve anything?

Is evil innate in a person or does it brew from circumstance?

Nature or nurture?

Is any fact of kindness truly selfless?

Is there a perfect life?

What does it mean to be a friend?

What does it mean to make a sacrifice?

How can we use our time wisely?

Is it important to be spiritual?

Does money breed happiness?

How can a person live their fullest life?

Does fate exist?

Is there a reason for life?

Does an ideal government exist?

Does free will exist?

Is there other life out there?

Are humans capable of anything?

Could anything happen?

What is the difference between a belief and a superstition?

How can a person find purpose in life?

Why do we respect the dead more than the living?

Who has supreme power?

Are we destined to destroy?

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?

Should humans be free?

Why do we think humans are more important than animals?

Would understanding the meaning of life lead to happiness?

Why do people change when given power?

Are there patterns in the universe?

Would the world be better without money? 

Why are some people cleverer than others?

What do dreams mean?

Is it possible to have a good death?

Of course, there are so many more philosophical questions out there, that could be used as a way to think about how we present our worlds and the characters that live within them to the reader. Thinking in this way can help us create meaningful worlds, and give us ideas for the kind of worlds that we want to build and the questions that we could propose to our readers through our writing.

Do you have any philosophical questions to add to the list? Share them with us here!

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