Work has been slow. Both our secretaries are gone so I got to take care of the phone today. Instead of sitting in my regular cubicle, I got one secretary’s office and anyway (this is random, I know) but I found a really nice pen in her desk.
So besides my regular duties and whopping number of three calls, I did a lot of doodling. I also came up with some pretty cool love notes – if I may say so myself.
My favorite plotting method is asking “what if?”. If I have a story idea, I like to throw the craziest possibilities at it to see what I can come up with. More often than not, it changes and adds the idea in very good ways. Even if I don’t end up using the change, it spurs creativity.
What are some “what if’s” you have used to change your story? Here are some I have used currently and in the past. They are not too exciting because of spoilers. 🙂
- What if neither died after all?
- What if she is actually in love with him?
- What if she killed his brother?
- What if she’s part human?
I had a little “what if” spree as I was unpacking my doodle-y love notes from my purse after work. Here’s a story I came up with using seven questions –
- What if someone found these?
- What if I died on the way home and someone found these?
- What if my sister read the love notes addressed to a man she has never heard of?
- What if she tried to contact him?
- What if they tried to figure out if the notes were related to my death?
- What if they became friends?
- What if they fell in love? (That one’s easy – I’d be jealous. But I’m dead, so it doesn’t matter anyway, I guess.)
These are the kind of things that inspire me to write.
Take something random from your day and ask a bunch of “what if’s.” I’d love to read what you come up with in the comments!