There are some things you never ask a writer unless you want to spend a couple of hours listening to a real story teller weave a story.
What if…? is one of them.
Unless you are a dreamer you have no idea how those tiny little words effect the very fabric of how we see the world. “What if?” opens doors. It takes paths that we haven’t tried before. It sings songs that we can listen to if we are quiet.
I have been going over some of my short stories editing them as I go along and the question I start out with is “What if?” It is not just one question, one time; it is a lot of them, a herd that I try to corral to the ending. I make notes on my questions and answers. Things make more sense and I can follow the story line a bit more easily. Tonight I am going to write one that has been bouncing in my head for three days. I started, then stopped then started again. Last night I asked myself “what if” and things were much more clear
Asking myself “what if” helped me pick the viewpoint, the reason for the story, the ultimate thrill at the end. I only asked it a few times and this will be a very short story of 2,000 words or less. (Imagine that short of 2,000 words lol)
I can write it in one sitting. One stab at the keyboard.
Edit it tomorrow.
Send it out on Friday.