Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What Ifs That Lead to Ideas

Week of November 6—Strategies for Finding Ideas for Writing
Wednesday, November 9—What Ifs That Lead to Ideas

What If?

Posing a question can often lead to a new idea. One kind of question to use is a “What if . . .” question. In this exercise you want to think as wildly as possible. There are no limits. I find that listing many questions is the best way for me to finally come to one that sparks my imagination.

Today I sat in a meeting (which was not sparking my imagination). Below are some “What Ifs” I brainstormed during the meeting. If any of my questions sparks a writing idea for you, go for it!

·        What if Saturn could tell how it feels?
·        What if school pictures were really X-Rays?
·        What if a baseball team had no equipment?
·        What if a parent decided to stay home?
·        What if a kid had magical powers?
·        What if you could choose a super power?
·        What if zoo animals went on strike?
·        What if book characters came to life in the library?
·        What if a circus came to school?
·        What if a kid could design his own playground?
·        What if monkeys performed ballet?
·        What if cows formed a rock band?
·        What if a pig hated mud, but loved baths?
·        What if the library was closed?
·        What if stuffed animals came to life?
·        What if there was a real boogey man?
·        What if dusty bunnies were related to non-dust bunnies?
·        What if a kid never got a haircut?
·        What if you couldn’t stop hiccupping?
·        What if a kid was a NASCAR driver?
·        What if you overslept and were late for school?
·        What if your dog was a ventriloquist?
·        What if a family vacation ended up on the moon?
·        What of the ocean were full of root beer?
·        What if the class pet was invisible?
·        What if a teacher only talked in rhyme?
·        What if s child got sucked into nursery rhymes?
·        What if kids ruled the world?
·        What if a kid’s sense of smell suddenly was 100 times greater?

What If?
It’s Your Turn!
1. Now that you’ve have the idea, grab your writer’s notebook and start making a list of as many “What If” questions a possible. When one rings your bell, stop and write!


Debra Gray-Elliott said...

Love this! Great idea generator.

Cathy Ballou Mealey said...

#2 on your list grabbed me right away! Love that one!

Rob Sanders said...

Good deal! WHAT IF you get a great, new manuscript out of this?! Good luck!

Jarm Del Boccio said...

Thanks, Rob for the inspiration! I'll work on my own list soon...