What If? 31 Creative Writing Prompts for July

Hello! Here’s this month’s selection of What Ifs to stimulate your writing brain. See what can you do with these! Some 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, take a look at our book The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. you misled someone in order to get their permission?

2. she was there again this morning?

3. she didn’t turn up for the meeting?

4. you hated everyone?

5. you could no longer work with your colleagues?

6. no one had ever heard of you?

7. you could choose to have an extra birthday each year?

8. you could choose to have an extra birthday at certain periods in your life?

9. you could skip a year?

10. you could fast-forward through the boring bits of your life?

11. you could rewind/replay part of your life?

12. someone committed a crime against you while you were on a reality TV show being filmed by multiple cameras?

13. you won a Nobel Prize?

14. you were nominated (possibly by yourself) for every prize you could find?

15. no one could be that lucky?

16. no one could be that unlucky?

17. no one was scared of it?

18. everyone was afraid of it?

19. everything took care of itself?

20. you couldn’t see the point?

21. you shrank by an inch per year once you reached 30 years of age?

22. you agreed to play a small role in a student’s film – but the film became an absolute blockbuster?

23. everything electronic burst into flames if you went near it?

24. you clicked on an innocent-looking link on a reputable website and it got you arrested?

25. you were asked to identify a body?

26. you were asked to take part in a police line-up?

27. you appeared in court as an expert witness?

28. the thing you’d been dreading turned out to be far worse than you’d expected?

29. the thing you’d been looking forward to turned out worse than you could ever have imagined?

30. you had no imagination?

31. you could only remember things if you sang them?

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