I started at QuizQuizQuiz in 2006, having been hired to be a quiz master and a quiz question writer. Not surprisingly, it was my first professional quizzing job (are there many professional quiz jobs?). I hadn’t written huge numbers of quiz questions before, and, consequently, I had an awful lot of questions bursting to get out of me.
I’d write quiz questions for our two weekly pub quizzes, I’d write special questions for corporate quiz nights, and I’d write them for all manner of quiz writing projects. I’d create the questions, they’d be used, and I wouldn’t worry all that much about it.
We did, of course, keep a question database of our pub quizzes, but I certainly wouldn’t remember any good ones I’d written from week to week. I think it’s pretty likely there are quite a lot of really good pub quiz questions I wrote in those first years which are lost in cyberspace or in some external hard drive, either in the depths of the quiz database or elsewhere. Even worse, I’m quite sure there are many good questions that crossed my mind, I thought about noting down, then didn’t. No matter, I’d write more.
And I did, I hope. And I don’t think there is a finite number of quiz questions in me. Things will keep happening in the world, so there will still be good questions to be written. But what I will say is that I feel more keenly how rare and important really good quiz questions are, and so I try not to let any pass me by. I not only make a note of any good idea for a question I hear, I make sure I put every question I either write or edit, whether it is ideal for a pub quiz, corporate quiz or multiple choice format, into an easily accessible database. I don’t want to lose a single question. You never know when it might prove useful.
If you’re a quiz question writer, how do you keep a record of everything you’ve written?
And do you make a note when a good idea for a question comes into your head?