Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tips for Writers Part Four - What If?

One of the best story starter ideas can be to simply wonder ‘what if’. What if you received a letter telling you you’d been accepted into a school for wizards? Or discovered a door into another universe at the back of your bedroom closet? Or a flying boy dressed all in green appeared at your bedroom window, inviting you to take a journey to a magical land? 

Perhaps you followed a rabbit down a hole and ended up in a bizarre underground universe? What if you met someone who’d been imprisoned inside a painting for over three hundred years? If you could travel back in time, where would you go? What would you do if you had a clone for the day? Whether this is how Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland or The Alchemist’s Portrait first came about isn’t the point, but rather how this type of thinking sets the thought process in motion.

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