I am constantly asking questions. “What if” is my favourite question because it usually means I am chasing down a new plot or idea for a story. “Why” bugs me a little because it means that I’ve just written something illogical and I am now trying desperately hard to rationalise it but ultimately I’m going to have to scrap the idea and try something else because if I’m asking why it means no one else is ever going to understand what I was thinking. Wow, that was a long sentence.
What if can be a great game. It can be productive. It can be entertaining. It can get your mind to move away from all those boxed in ideas you think have to be and start you thinking about something fresh and new.
Another fun game is “If I were a…” Part of the fun comes from understanding yourself, but I like to play this game with my characters as well. It helps me to realise what I know and don’t know about them.
If I were a flower what kind would I be? I’d probably say I am lavender but many will disagree. I’m choosing lavender because it is tougher than it looks but needs to be handled with care. If I were to answer the same question for one of my characters would I know what to say?
What is your favourite ‘if I were’ question?
If you were a flower what sort would you be?
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