Thursday, April 19, 2012

A to Z Challenge: Questions

A to Z Challenge

Theme: Creativity Toolbox

Q = Questions

Questions start us on the quest of creativity.

What if . . . is often a starting point for a story or a creative endeavor.

What if a young woman who spent her whole life training to be a warrior, found that she couldn't stand the sights and stench of actual battle? What if her sword of power worked only when she had confidence and faith? What happens when she despairs or doubts?

Those are some of the questions that started me on my quest to finish The Crystal Sword. 

My youngest daughter took a photography class at our local zoo last summer, and the lesson she remembers the most came from this question: what if you changed the angle on your shot, and took a photo from a different perspective?

What questions inspire your creative endeavors?

Creativity Toolbox: Look around you, and within you, and ask a "what if" question today.


  1. I asked a lot of what if questions when trying to come up with a plot for my next book!

  2. There are about 3-4 what if questions that started my whole WIP rolling.

  3. Alex - :-)

    Tasha - Questions are great beginnings!

  4. This is a great exercise to expand your writing. Thanks for the tips

    BTW, we awarded you the Liebster Blog Award!

  5. great question but not sure what questions spark something...I'm more of a big picture type person so I don't see the small beginnings without some thought. thanks for the thought process!~

  6. Geek Twins - Thanks!!!!

    Tracy - Big Pictures work too!

  7. For me, I think about the worst possible thing that could happen in a scenario - there's always a story in that.

  8. The minute I saw the question marks, "what if" popped into my head. I think those words are in writers' DNA. LOL!

    My "what if" question? What if you followed your heart instead of copying what everyone else is doing?

  9. I wrote a poem called, "What If" and posted it on my blog a couple of months ago. For me the "what if" was about not taking advantage of what you have until you are in danger of losing it. Kind of like dealing with a death - one starts to appreciate life more.

  10. Susan - good question!

    Joy - Sounds like a good poem!

  11. Great question! When the angle's too narrow, I feel restless.


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