16.37: Deep Dive Into “Inquiry”

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, C.L. PolkCharlotte Forfieh, and Mary Robinette Kowal

Our third M.I.C.E. Quotient episode asks about the “Inquiry” element, and the ways in which we can use this element to structure our stories—whether we’re writing murder mysteries, thrillers, or anything else in which the turning of pages asks and eventually answers questions.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson


Use the same fairy tale as last week, and strip out every element that is not Inquiry.

Even Though I Knew the End, by C.L. Polk (a noir fantasy novella available in 2022)

2 thoughts on “16.37: Deep Dive Into “Inquiry””

  1. Who? Well, Dan, C. L., Charlotte, and Mary Robinette. What? A deep dive into inquiry, the second element of the MICE Quotient. Stories driven by questions. Characters asking questions, trying to find the answers, and eventually getting the answer. Lots of questions, and plenty of answers, can be found in the transcript available now in the archives.

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