X is for … What if X?

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.


Two questions form the foundation of all novels: ‘What if?’ and ‘What next?’ (a third question, ‘What now?’ is the one an author asks himself every 10 minutes or so; but it’s more a cry than a question.) Every novel begins with the speculative question, What if X happened? That’s how you start.

Tom Clancy

Another leftover post from last year. I don’t ask as many “What If” questions about real life these days. I focus instead on what I can be thankful for.

Photo: Thomas Leth-Olsen (Creative Commons Flickr). Image is link.

4 thoughts on “X is for … What if X?

    1. I’m with you, Jen. Let’s sing it together. “We’re off to see the wizard…”

      Hang on, in the world of fiction, I *am* a wizard! And so are you! “Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain.”

      Never thought I find myself at the controls of a fictional world! 🙂


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