Here’s this month’s selection of What Ifs to stimulate your brain – what can you do with these? Some of them are deliberately vague or ambiguous so you can interpret them in different ways.
There’s one for each day of the month. If you need more please take a look at our book The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.
1. you came home and found strangers living in your house?
2. your boss was far more intelligent than you gave him/her credit for?
3. you went to sleep as usual one night but when you woke up the next morning you found it was actually 3 years later and you’d been in a coma?
4. the sky was filled with UFOs but you couldn’t see them because they were cloaked in invisibility shields and invisible to radar?
5. you thought you’d been given the easiest task but in fact it was the hardest?
6. your name was added to the wrong list?
7. every day you took one step further than you did the previous day?
8. you attempted to spend an entire day (or week/month/year) on a bicycle – not getting off for even a second?
9. your attempt at breaking a record was a disastrous/hilarious failure?
10. all doors opened outwards?
11. it was impossible for humans to travel at speeds higher than 25 mph without special breathing apparatus?
12. all crimes were punished by compulsory organ donation?
13. the part of the human brain that likes music and rhythm had never developed, so we found such things meaningless or annoying?
14. you decided to tell 100 lies per day and keep going until someone challenged something you said?
15. you were disqualified for being too good?
16. you were the only one who was prepared to play by the rules?
17. you were punished for sticking to the rules?
18. you (or something you created) became known as ‘iconic’?
19. you (or something you created) became known as ‘the opposite of iconic’?
20. you kidnapped someone?
21. you were taken hostage?
22. you forgot to send it in?
23. you gave it to someone else to post but they forgot (either deliberately or accidentally)?
24. the only form of advertising that was allowed was advertising on TV?
25. all TV advertising was restricted to a single channel?
26. you could pay an extra fee and never see any TV advertising at all?
27. you always seemed to be one step behind?
28. there were no trees?
29. it was impossible to correct a mistake?
30. you trained for years for a single day’s event, but then couldn’t perform?
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