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What If? 31 Creative Writing Prompts for March

Monday, 27 February 2017

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.

dave_small** 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: mail@ideas4writers.co.uk or leave a comment in the group.

If you’ve come up with a really great What If that you’re planning to use in a story and you’d like our thoughts on it, but without anyone else seeing it, we can do that too! (There’s a small charge to cover our time – and a 50% discount for lifetime members – see below.) Email us at the address above for more details.

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What If? 28 Creative Writing Prompts for February

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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.

dave_small** 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, including Dave’s thoughts about them, are already in the group. Here are the ones we’ll be discussing during February:

1. What if people of different religions were never allowed to mix?

2. What if people of different races were never allowed to mix?

3. What if gravity weakened… and then stopped?

4. What if you spent your whole life balanced on a ball?

5. What if you spent your whole life on stilts?

6. What if you were an island?

7. What if you were the black sheep of your family?

8. What if something you thought was inanimate was trying to kill you?

9. What if a typo had far-reaching consequences?

10. What if birds talked like humans?

11. What if schools were abolished?

12. What if you wanted to be alone but your family, friends or colleagues wouldn’t let you?

13. What if your version of the truth was different from other people’s?

14. What if rocks were alive?

15. What if you spent the day coming up with new words?

16. What if taxes were higher than wages?

17. What if you ignored the signs?

18. What if everyone was free?

19. What if you won the jackpot on the lottery even though you hadn’t bought a ticket?

20. What if everyone could see auras?

21. What if whenever anyone died we threw them on the fire and a living baby came out of the flames to take their place?

22. What if your dog trained you to do tricks?

23. What if the medicine you were taking to make you better was actually making you sicker?

24. What if you were out of time?

25. What if you took revenge in subtle ways?

26. What if you were not from Earth?

27. What if the legal system was so simple that anyone could understand it?

28. What if you always knew where everything was?

If you’d like to send in a What If for us to discuss in the Facebook group please email it to: mail@ideas4writers.co.uk or leave a comment in the group.

If you’ve come up with a really great What If that you’re planning to use in a story and you’d like our thoughts on it, but without anyone else seeing it, we can do that too. (There’s a small charge to cover our time – and a discount for lifetime members – see below.) Email us at the address above for more details.

Become a lifetime member of ideas4writers
and get all 40+ of our ebooks for just £49.95

(Other currencies also accepted)

Price if purchased individually: £214.56
Save: £164.61

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NEW: Discuss What Ifs in our Facebook Group

Monday, 9 January 2017
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Dave Haslett, founder, ideas4writers

 

Hello fellow writers!

If you go to the ideas4writers Facebook group you’ll see an exciting new feature. Each day we’re choosing one of the What Ifs we posted on the blog at the beginning of each month, and we’re discussing it in depth, expanding and enlarging on it, and looking at the story possibilities in each one. I hope you find it useful. It’s certainly stretching my imagination!

The Facebook group is open to anyone who wants to join. Just go to the group and click the Join button and I’ll grant you access the next time I’m on Facebook. You don’t need to be a member of the ideas4writers website or the blog. Your friends can join too – just let them know where to find us. The more people who join, the better the discussions should be, and the more ideas we’ll get for bigger and better stories.

In case the link above isn’t working, the ideas4writers Facebook group is at: www.facebook.com/groups/ideas4writers

WEBSITE UPDATE

If you’re a member of the ideas4writers website, you might have spotted that our forum software has died. We’re going to redesign the site over the next few months, so it seems silly to replace the forum software with something else, only to have to scrap it again when the new site launches. So we’re using the Facebook group as our forum for now, and directing all our members there instead.

When the new website launches, the forum will be at the front of the site, not hidden away in the members’ section, so everyone will be able to use it.

DAVE’S NEWS

I hope you’ve made a great start to your writing in 2017. I have huge plans for the year, and I’ve made a big wall chart with all the projects and timelines I’ll be working on. It looks … scary. But just about doable with a lot of work (and no procrastinating).

You might know that I get most of my ideas while I’m out walking, so when I saw the Walk 1,000 Miles in 2017 challenge, I immediately signed up for it. As I write this I’ve just completed the walk for day 9 and my total so far is 33 miles (8 miles more than the target) so it’s going well – I could even afford to take a couple of days off. Snow is forecast for the end of the week, which might limit the walks for a few days. (But I’ll believe it when I see it – it rarely snows here.)

I’m planning to do some longer walks over the summer. There are about 50 walking routes through the Blackdown Hills, about 20 minutes from here, that I haven’t explored yet. I’m also part of a walking group, but they only walk on Wednesday evenings between May and August.

If I’m walking on my own (which is most of the time – the rest of the family are not walkers!) I take my phone and headphones with me and listen to podcasts to keep me company. They help the miles fly by, and don’t inhibit the flow of ideas. I have Evernote on my phone, so it’s easy to note down (or speak) each idea as it occurs, or take a quick photo, and file it in the relevant section.

The podcasts I listen to are: The Creative Penn, the Sell More Books Show, Write 2B Read, and a new one called the Book Launch Show. I also download and listen to the Radio 4 shows The News Quiz and the The Now Show when they’re on – but they’re not on at the moment.

I must leave you now as it’s 9 pm and I have a chapter to write before bedtime. I hope to connect with you in the Facebook group. Or I’ll see you here this time next week with 50 Newsworthy Anniversaries in July 2017 for you to write about.

What If? 31 Creative Writing Prompts for January

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year! Here’s this month’s selection of What Ifs to stimulate your writing 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, please take a look at our book
The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

NEW for 2017: You can discuss these ideas further in our Facebook group!

What if…

1. you worked for a secret government department that rewrote history?

2. our only form of transport was motorised roller skates?

3. the schools in each community were at war with each other?

4. fathers brought up children?

5. you built a time machine that appeared to work, but it took you back to events that had never happened or forward to events that would never happen?

6. humans communicated by singing like birds?

7. students decided what they should be taught in school?

8. you were meant to write a new version of Planet of the Apes but you misheard it as Planet of the Grapes?

9. you were unable to fall in love?

10. you never wrote another word?

11. your guardian angel told you everything you must do and must not do?

12. your guardian angel was an idiot?

13. your guardian angel was at war with someone else’s guardian angel?

14. inanimate objects were thrilled when you used them correctly, but deeply upset when you didn’t?

15. everyone had their own personal alphabet?

16. there was always enough time?

17. you had too much spare time on your hands?

18. you had too much money?

19. you were too intelligent?

20. you were too beautiful or too handsome?

21. your writing was considered ‘too perfect’?

22. you went for a walk and never came back?

23. you did all the things that signs said you were not allowed to do?

24. people recognised each other by their smell alone?

25. everything was free?

26. you sent fake news reports to your local newspaper to make your community sound more interesting than it actually was?

27. you tried to make your community more attractive to a certain type of people?

28. you decided to create a monument that would baffle future generations?

29. you achieved your goal of playing games for a living?

30. you were debating whether or not to bring a child into this world?

31. you were at a TV studio where a (supposedly) real-life show was being filmed, and you discovered the secret scripts?

Become a lifetime member of ideas4writers
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