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

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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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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