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.<
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.
At this point, is there such a thing as far fetched? We just need to serve the story, make it the very best it can be, and then put it out for like-minded people can find and enjoy it.
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