Here’s this month’s selection of What Ifs to help stimulate your writer’s brain. Let’s 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, you might like our book
The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.
** NEW for 2017 ** We’ll be discussing these What Ifs in our Facebook group each day!
We’ll post each day’s What If in the group first thing in the morning (UK time) and we’ll post our thoughts (i.e. Dave’s thoughts) in the early evening, including how we think you could best turn it a story. We hope you’ll join in too – just leave a comment under that day’s entry.
Our Facebook group is open to everyone. Just go to the group and click on the Join button.
The What Ifs for January and February, including Dave’s thoughts about them, are already in the group. Here are the ones we’ll be discussing during March:
1. you saw your name spelled out in the sky?
2. you had the magic touch?
3. you didn’t have any favourites?
4. you could only taste one flavour?
5. ghosts definitely existed and lived among us?
6. everyone owned at least one bomb?
7. you could only see the colour blue?
8. you owned your own museum?
9. you woke up to find you had a tattoo on your face?
10. your experience was not the same as everyone else’s?
11. your mileage varied?
12. you signed a petition but it had unforeseen consequences?
13. your local undertaker was a notorious crook?
14. you stuck rigidly to your principles?
15. your teaching methods were ridiculed?
16. your grandfather took you to a secret shed and revealed something astonishing to you? (He may be dead, which makes the story more interesting!)
17. you were regarded as an easy target?
18. you were determined to make the list of the top ten most famous people of this century?
19. you witnessed a crime that didn’t happen?
20. you advertised a service you had no ability to do?
21. humans had nine lives?
22. all advertising was banned?
23. you could only write well when you were in pain?
24. you knocked a cyclist off his bike but didn’t hang around to see if he was okay?
25. you were given a second chance?
26. people started dying and the only connection was that they had been reading one of your books when it happened?
27. your home was haunted by a ghost that could see into the future?
28. your child kept inventing things?
29. you felt compelled to investigate an unsolved crime – and then discovered that you had committed it?
30. you could have prevented or avoided the problem but you let it happen anyway?
31. you made more money from failing at things than you did from succeeding?
If you’d like to send in a What If for us to discuss in the Facebook group please email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment in the group.
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