What If? 31 Creative Writing Prompts for December

Hello! 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.

What if…

1. they evacuated Earth and you were one of the few who stayed behind?

2. you told someone you felt sorry for them, but didn’t get the reaction you expected?

3. you used a work skill outside of work?

4. you used something you’d learned in school that you thought you’d never have a use for in real life?

5. you defended the indefensible?

6. you were tricked into saying something in another language that didn’t mean what you thought it did?

7. your toilet was really hungry?

8. your toilet ate you?

9. vehicles only went where they wanted to go?

10. you had a secret identity – online, in the real world, or both?

11. you had your own think-tank?

12. you were hugely respected?

13. you were renowned?

14. you had a bit of a reputation?

15. you had a pair of glasses that enabled you to see ghosts?

16. you ended up in another country, with no idea how you’d got there?

17. your case was to be heard by the Supreme Court?

18. you had never lasted a full week (or even a full day) at any job?

19. you became an Olympic gold medalist?

20. NASA needed your expertise?

21. one of the intelligence services summoned you to join them for a month-long secret mission?

22. teenagers started using your name as rhyming slang for the latest swear word?

23. a product that your family had used for generations was revealed to be toxic – which perhaps explained their early deaths?

24. it was free to get in but you had to pay to get out?

25. you changed the main thing about yourself?

26. parents decided what their children should be taught at school?

27. you escaped into the fictional world of a novel but couldn’t get back out again?

28. every war had turned out the opposite way?

29. we all stopped learning at 8 years old?

30. the general public was paid to solve crimes?

31. Earth was the only planet and the Sun was the only star?

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What If? 29 Creative Writing Prompts for February

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. the FTSE or Dow Jones share index fell to 0?

2. green was no longer a colour?

3. you thought you were a robot?

4. someone cast a spell on you – with or without your knowledge?

5. you suffered a crisis of conscience?

6. you were in a Catch-22 situation?

7. you learned that someone, who was not your partner, was in love with you?

8. someone was injuring all the children in a particular class, in alphabetical order?

9. every time you drove along a particular road you came across the same person standing/sitting/lying there and had to drive around them?

10. one of the major countries of the world was at war with every other country?

11. you tried to learn something as an adult that just about everyone else had learned as children?

12. every year you set yourself a new challenge?

13. you retreated into your mind to escape your real-life situation?

14. everyone you met today seemed to come from a place you had never heard of?

15. someone walked into a police station and announced that he/she had killed God?

16. the residents of a small island nation that you had never visited elected you as their monarch?

17. you were the child of a monarch and expected to inherit the role – but the populace hated you?

18. you were one of a small number of survivors and were given an essential role within the group that you had little or no prior experience of?

19. you were rehired to do a job you had left years ago?

20. you were given the task of listing 101 great things about the place you lived in, but you could only think of 5?

21. you experienced the downsides of celebrity?

22. you quickly learned a new skill and became highly renowned after discovering you had a talent for it, but you incurred the wrath of those who had been struggling with it for years?

23. the greatest hurricane the world had ever known made it all the way across the Atlantic without losing any of its strength?

24. it was declared that one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, who had been in prison for decades, was in fact entirely innocent?

25. whenever you held a book-signing session someone in the queue was killed?

26. you were asked to help the police track down someone you had once worked with?

27. you were left a business in a will, and were required to turn it from the third-biggest in town to the biggest within five years or you would forfeit both the business and the millions you would inherit if you succeeded?

28. you made the most of the freedom that comes with electronic/self-publishing and invented an entirely new genre (or hybrid genre)?

29. during your wedding ceremony your spouse-to-be said, loudly and clearly, someone else’s name rather than yours?

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What If . . . ? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for July

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

These are all taken from our book: The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. your child seemed to have an extra sense?

2. a monkey could do your job?

3. you didn’t realise they were allergic?

4. something reared up at you?

5. you only bought things that were advertised?

6. humans were on their way to extinction?

7. you unearthed a secret while researching your family tree?

8. the library didn’t have any books?

9. you deliberately gave it to the wrong person?

10. keeping secrets was impossible?

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What If . . . ? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for June

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

These are all taken from our book: The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. you didn’t seem to have any relatives?

2. someone copied your idea?

3. you misheard what they said?

4. you could see how things would have turned out if you’d made a different choice?

5. you covered your tracks?

6. you turned off the power?

7. you weren’t as powerful as you thought you were?

8. it was only a rehearsal, but you thought you were doing it for real?

9. a novelty political party won the election?

10. you were the only person who knew that the rules had changed?

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What If . . . ? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for May

May already? How did that happen?

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

What if…

1. clouds sometimes crashed to earth, causing flooding and destruction?

2. there really was a ‘time’ bomb?

3. failing to keep a secret was a crime?

4. you kept putting off a difficult decision until it was too late?

5. you asked a hundred people and got a hundred different answers?

6. people underestimated your intelligence?

7. the proof was overwhelming?

8. you thought the punishment was too severe?

9. you never used your real name?

10. you needed to be alone?

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What if . . . the ultimate story starters

Here’s another selection to inspire you – what can you do with these?

What if …

1. someone gave you a love potion?

2. you forgot who you were supposed to be meeting?

3. you’d arranged to meet someone but couldn’t remember where?

4. you hadn’t seen your neighbour for months?

5. things couldn’t get any better?

6. your feeling of hope was restored?

7. you thought you had no weaknesses?

8. you met someone interesting at a party?

9. other people appreciated you much more than you appreciated them?

10. your interview in the press was dropped at the last minute because a bigger story had just come in?

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Dave Haslett, ideas4writers, www.ideas4writers.co.uk