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    What if ...?

    I was talking with a friend about writing something together and saying we needed to get a basic plot idea first. He said "We could make it a 'what if?' story and then we wouldn't need a plot." I don't think that is quite true, but the plot can be something pretty basic. My first thought was of Day of the Triffids, 'What if almost everyone went blind?' After we had explored the other senses we moved on a bit and came up with some really good ones. I thought you might like to try it, can you come up with any good 'What if...?' scenarios?
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    What if all humans were equal
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    Quote Originally Posted by escorial View Post
    What if all humans were equal
    I take it this is a fantasy novel concept.
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    I was thinking more of a religious novel approach...
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    Quote Originally Posted by escorial View Post
    What if all humans were equal
    Well then the standard clothes sizes wouldn't fit any of us.

    In my novel (Yes, my much overused phrase is still around!) I mentioned a domain that I called "Eventuality" where some people such as writers go to think "What if ...?" while others go there to sadly think "If only ..." A character visiting this domain with a colleague named it so because she said that it was the place that people refer to when they say "In the eventuality ..." It was a central feature of the allegorical aspect of the novel and a possible reason why I referred to the story as a fairy tale.

    So, if you want to know what happens when you try to write a story about "What if ..." itself then maybe my novel is the answer. I have no other to offer.
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    What if there were no clothes...some believe we had fur than she'd it ..an a tail...which would have made us crap at playing poker.. without clothes humans would never had discovered much ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    I was talking with a friend about writing something together and saying we needed to get a basic plot idea first. He said "We could make it a 'what if?' story and then we wouldn't need a plot." I don't think that is quite true, but the plot can be something pretty basic. My first thought was of Day of the Triffids, 'What if almost everyone went blind?' After we had explored the other senses we moved on a bit and came up with some really good ones. I thought you might like to try it, can you come up with any good 'What if...?' scenarios?
    I remember reading, quite possibly on here, something along the lines of "all plots are what ifs". At first I didn't fully get it; to the idea of what if everyone was blind, my first thought to the above was well so what, then what happens? But then I realised it's about the change. What if everyone was normal-sighted and then went blind. That could be a plot. Lots and whys and wherefores spring from it.


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    If everyone was already blind and had always been so... we'd be a very different bunch of people. Blind creatures have to depend on other senses and even sometimes develop senses we don't really have. We'd be more particular about the nuances of taste and touch, but especially on smell and sound, which are the long-range senses that give the most information to sightless creatures. Long-range senses are there own kind of precognition--giving awareness of something that one hasn't encountered yet.
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    What if a sea-captain became obsessed with killing a whale which had maimed him?

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    What if a young woman was slated to be the sultan's toy, after which she would be killed, but instead, beguiled him with 1,001 tales, and he eventually falls in love and marries her?
    Her: I love my computer! All of my friends are in there!
    Me: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about my freezer...
    Her: What?
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