What If? 31 Creative Writing Prompts for July

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.

What if…

1. you could only do one thing on your computer each day?

2. someone called you something in a foreign language and you had no idea if it was a compliment or an insult?

3. you were a stranger?

4. you realised you could make a fortune in the adult film / entertainment market?

5. a lie you told years ago came back to haunt you?

6. you completely misunderstood a new technology?

7. you couldn’t trust yourself?

8. you could pick your own team?

9. the impossible happened?

10. the impossible happened again?

11. you’d met all your friends in the most bizarre circumstances?

12. you discovered an unsuspected talent?

13. you eventually found a use for something you’d thought was useless?

14. deadlines were illegal?

15. the world was not enough?

16. you had to keep a crowd of 80,000 people entertained for 2 hours?

17. it was acceptable to discriminate against ugly people?

18. all artworks created in a particular year had to conform to that year’s official style?

19. you embraced your inner nerd/geek?

20. you were the only person in the world who could do what you do?

21. your pet constantly argued with you?

22. you almost went to jail?

23. you disagreed with something purely because you didn’t like who was saying it?

24. someone moved the signs for a prank?

25. a software update scrambled all your work?

26. a criminal offered you a job that would make you rich?

27. something much more sinister was going on?

28. you never stopped having sex?

29. the weather was used as a weapon?

30. people lit up like fireflies?

31. the official records didn’t show what you had seen with your own eyes?

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