What If – Then What?

Speculative fiction is based on what if. All it takes is one small question to begin the process. What if?

It’s after that – the process of building the then what‘s that really builds the world from the writer’s mind. The then what‘s nail down the particulars. After that, a story shines through.

But don’t think I’m advocating a story about a thing- stories are about people. The character must change; that is the beauty of story.

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2 Comments

  1. Vivian said,

    21 July 2009 at 18:52

    The “what if” is the key to writing anything. Good point.

  2. Dawn Embers said,

    21 July 2009 at 19:43

    I like to use the “what if” to develop stories. It also is of good use for a prompt based contest, like the one I have on WDC. I give the what if and the author handles the then what.

    Good topic for the blog. What if… 😀


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