The Power of “What If”?

Writing is an optimistic enterprise. Even the most cynical writer, the one who believes everyone is corrupt and the world is doomed, if that person still writes, s/he proves hope is alive. If that person truly believes nothing matters, why write? So, if we write, we have hope.

And that is necessary to unlock creativity. Hope fuels our ability to ask “What if?” And if we can ask that question and entertain an answer, anything is possible.

“What if” opens us up to reflecting our own lives, or something we’ve read, listened to, seen, tasted, felt. Whatever comes in and can be redirected creatively to offer an answer.

That answer has turned into The Lord of The Rings, Hamlet, The Outsiders, Something Blue, Imagine, Pride and Prejudice, Starry Night, and on and on and on…

So take in the world, experience your life, and then ask “What if?”

The possibilities are endless…..


</ Ryan is author of City of Woe, available on Kindle and in print. For more info, click here.<

About chrisryanwrites

I do my best to tell fast-paced stories with humor and heart. My fiction work is available on Here, I’ll write about the sources for those stories from what I read, watch, listen to, and observe to my experiences as a former award-winning journalist, high school teacher, actor, and producer.
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2 Responses to The Power of “What If”?

  1. I like to think sometimes we’re all being too hard on ourselves when we think “What if” and then throw our ideas in the wastebasket when we think the answer is too farfetched. Most of what we see and read is farfetched. If people wanted boring, they’d just pay more attention to their own lives.


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