How often do you ask questions that are hypothetical or speculative; as opposed to being of direct personal interest for you?
I’ve noticed that people here tend to assume that all questions asked here are about the asker. They come from the asker’s personal life. Even if the asker says it is about a friend, they assume it’s really about the asker. If the asker says it’s hypothetical, they assume it’s about the asker.
Of course, sometimes people don’t want to admit to a personal situation, so they ask as if it is not about them. But I have to believe that there are times we ask questions for speculative or hypothetical reasons, not because we are really in that situation.
Of all your questions, about what portion do you think are not about you? Can you give some examples of questions you asked that were not about you?
For example, I just asked a question about how novelists develop a character. I am not a novelist, but I have many friends who are. I’m just curious about the process. I used to want to write novels, but I realize now that I never will. I am slowly coming to grips with that. I am not capable. I could never stick to it. I don’t have the patience. And I don’t think I could do what it takes to make up a character. I don’t think I would ever try. I’d have to base it on someone real. Finally, of course, to write, you need to edit, and I can’t do that, either. So it’s just for fun. Just to see how other people think about it, and how I might do it differently, although of course, I never will.