Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ask Yourself: What If?

Greetings all, John J. Horn here.

What if your protagonist's best friend is a villain?

What if the sky really does start raining cats and dogs?

"What if" and "how could it be worse" are two questions that can turn a mediocre tree-killer into a pulse-pounding artwork.

Use this simple writing exercise to electrify your stories:

- Ask yourself: "What if X happened. And Y. And Z. And A-W."

Stuff a pacifier between your inner editor's nay-saying lips and let your imagination go.

95.28% of the impossible ideas you spew forth are impossible. The other 4.72% are golden. (Okay, I made those numbers up, but you get the point.)

That exercise is not original to me but I've used it to brainstorm some pretty fun stuff that actually worked. Sure, I had to re-write sections of my book, but it was totally worth it.

You have nothing to lose. Go ask yourself: "What if?"

John J. Horn is a Christian author from Texas. Purchase his Men of Grit series from Amazon here and sign up for his newsletter at

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