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Many authors come up with ideas for stories by asking 'What if?' This can be a useful way of generating interesting and original ideas or situations. They may be chosen or forced situations.
Think of books you've read. What could the author's 'what if' question have been?
E.G. Can you guess which books these might be?
'What if a boy got bitten by a radioactive spider?'
'What if a boy found a dragon egg in the forest near his home?'
'What if a girl got taken from her bed by a giant?'
A) Think about your own life. Try to come up with some 'what if' questions that could form the basis of a story. Would it create a chosen or forced situation? E.G. 'What if I went home tonight and found different people living in my house? No sign of my family, and the furniture etc in the house is all different. The people in the house don't know who I am and say they've been living there for the past five years.' This would be a forced situation. Would it make a good story? Has it been done before? Choose your favourite' what if?' question and share it with the group.
B) Use three story cubes to generate random events / actions / characters. Put the cubes in any order and try to generate 'what if?' questions that could form the basis of the story. Share the ideas among the group and discuss which questions have the potential to make the best stories.