As I sit and enjoy my bowl of Crispix and almond milk, this question plagues my every waking minute. It is a single chip off of the writer’s mighty cornerstone, and it holds the weight of many worlds upon its two-word foundation. What if? What if this bowl of Crispix held a note from a cereal factory worker crying for help? What if I had awoken in my bed this afternoon floating on the ocean? What if the world was really flat? What would happen, and how would it affect my reality?
I often catch my wife off guard with these questions, and the answers that I come up with are usually even more uncanny. Writing has definitely changed my view of the entire world and how it works. Entire universes are born and criticized in a matter of seconds upon the whim of a single thought. Conspiracy theories and debunked hypothesis become very real realities in my head. Writing is my wormhole across the multi-verse.
The inspiration for world building can be found almost anywhere. Like Joe Rogan, I question everything. Even the tiniest grains of sand have a story to tell. These grains of sand can lead to almost anywhere, from the quiet shores of a Philippine, steampunk love story to the dark alleys of a 16th century, witch-infested Vatican City. The imagination has no boundaries, not even death. The best part of the story telling process is the journey, which I like to equate to the YouTube loop.
So fellow writers, from the rookie to the well versed, have you asked yourself ‘what if’ today?