The Great 'What If'


Mary (Stella) and I are emailing back and forth about the workshop we're presenting at the RT Convention on Tuesday. That's us, fun-loving pals that we are, at last year's RT. Um, no this wasn't our attire for a workshop, but for the 20s party thrown by Dorchestor Publishing. Mary the Gangster and Beth the Flapper. Boop-boop-be-doo. Interesting note, we both look quite different today. We've both been exercising and eating right. I'm now a blonde and Mary, last I knew, has funky carmel highlights in her hair.

Where was I? Ah, the workshop. It's called "The Great What If?" A spin off on brainstorming. Our class is mostly made up of writers who are just starting out. We hope to stimulate them, to help them grow by exploring ways of sparking creativity. I 'what if' quite a bit when I write. At almost every phase of the project. What if Afia was born on Friday the 13th? What if her mother was a paraskevidekatriaphobic? (someone who fear Friday the 13th) What if the mother convinces Afia that she's jinxed? What if...

You get the picture. In fact, if you're a writer, there's a good chance you 'what if' yourself. Wanna help with our workshop oh-inspired-creative-blog-readers? Post a 'what if' scenerio. Just a line or two or three. We're going to mention our blogs and readers in the workshop, so why not mention you and a 'what if'? The wilder the idea, the better. Ready? Here we go.

What if . . .

Comments

Marjorie Jones said…
Here's one from a short novella I recently submitted...

What if, in the future, artificial insemination and the resulting advances in genetic manipulation created an Amazonian society? I'm talking the real deal... a thousand years from now and there hasn't been a male child born on the planet earth in 20 years. Talk about a ticking biological clock!

Can't wait to see you at RT! Blonde? Heavens... I bet you look gorgeous!
Cyn said…
What if all of the coffee crops on Earth suddenly died? Then, what if, mysteriously following, all of the tea leaves turned to dust? What if our heroine is a crack botanist assigned to discover what has been killing everything infused with caffeine? What if she discovers that the desperate humans--now clinging to their sloshing, caffeine-soaked Coke bottles--are next?

What if our heroine has to convince the exhausted, sleep-deprived world that they must get off caffeine before it's too late? I know. It seems impossible. Especially, what if she has to convince her one true love from her hometown, the handsome, slim-hipped, once-ribbon-winning-for-his-hybrid-red-peppers-now-CEO-of-a-major-cola-bottling-company-who-just-promised-his-board-of-directors-a-record-breaking-profit-year? What if she has to convince him to leave his high-powered job and return to his vegetable roots, to return to her despite, despite her lying about a baby (what if there was no baby when she was 18 and so he left town anyway), so that they can together discover how to keep people awake with the hybrid red peppers before it's too late? What if they had made love in the greenhouse all those years ago, among the red peppers they were creating ... what if she can't fight the memories ...

Maybe not. But it was fun trying! (slurps caramel vanilla coffee)
Anna Lucia said…
Ha Cyn! I could be that heroine... I need not your addictive caffeine.... ggg

What if... what if one woman was Satan's weapon to assure victory in the Last Battle between Good and Evil. And what if the Devil fell in love with her...
Mary Stella said…
Beth neglected to say that I went as a fat gangster and had a whole fake body on under that striped shirt. (Hah -- that's my fantasy anyway. LOLOL)

Cyn, your what-if made me spew non-caffeinated soda. Too funny!

Interesting idea, Marjorie.
Beth Ciotta said…
I did say 'the wilder, the better', didn't I? These are awesome, ladies! AWESOME! A caffiene deprived world? Noooooo!

I'll be taking a little part of you (your warped imaginations) with me to the convention.

Marjorie, see you there!
chryscat said…
What if fraternal twins (one male and one female) were CIA agents. And their next big assignment is to take down a corporation that is rumored to alter genetics. But the kicker is that their parents (who abandoned them as babies) are the owners of the corporation. And apparently they engineered some of the twins' DNA.
And only when the four are brought together does the mutation occur.

Grins*
Olga said…
Great costumes!
Beth and Mary Stella, I love "what if" scenarios! That's the way I like to plan my WIPs. Okay, here it goes for THE OTHER SIDE OF DAWN, if I ever put myself to write it (the idea is not wild, so I hope nobody used it before). What if Andrea stumbles upon a corpse of an old man with the picture of her sister in his cold wrinkled hands? Yep, the same sister whom Andrea found in bed with her, Andrea's, fiance. And what if the sister disappears and the only person who can help Andrea find her is the above mentioned fiance? And, of course, there are two - or sometimes three - sides to every story!
Gabriele C. said…
That can lead to some lovely Alternate History plotbunnies.

What if Hannibal conquered Rome?

What if the Roman Empire had not collapsed in the 5th century but later shared influence spheres with a Viking Empire - and found America? (And all it would have needed for that is one or two events that turned out differently, like the ursurper Constantine becoming emperor instead of the weak Honorius.)

What if the Celtic tribes in Britain had stood united against any invader, Roman or Saxon?

What if the Saracens had not conquered the Visigoth kingdom of Spain in 711? (Well possible if there hadn't been a rebellion against King Roderic that divided the Visigoth forces.)

Maybe I'll write one of these when I'm tired of doing all the research for proper historical fiction. *grin*
Stacie said…
Wow-- I LOVE all the what-if's! Definitely a creative bunch... I'd love to see where the world would be if there were no men for 20 years...I have to say, I have a Lorelai complex about coffee, so I won't even get started on that one!...and I am absolutley intrigued by Anna Lucia's what if.

Have fun at RT!!
Beth Ciotta said…
Sorry this is so short. I'm absolutely scrambling to finnish packing all my promo. Um, even still creating some. EEK. I wanted to thank you all for these fantastic What Ifs. Talk about a creative bunch! Looking forward to bragging about you in the workshop. ;)

Will check in tomorrow if I can! Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. (you know what I mean) :)
Olga said…
Beth, have fun at RT!
Larissa said…
I love "what if!" Unfortunately, I've not had enough coffee to play, but I adore what if! "What if" has saved some of my mss.!

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