Mary’s ideas for my farm chaos story were both great! The voters agreed, since the results were split 50/50. In order to use any of Mary’s ideas or another idea, the next step is to play the “what if” game.
Now that I’m a mom, I might be a pro at this game. I “play” all day long. It is what helps me keep Mister safe, considering possible dangers and steering him clear of them(“What if he bumps his head on the chair?” “What if he actually catches the cat?” Etc). It doesn’t mean I think of everything (“What if he licks the cement?” Didn’t occur to me until he did it) but it does help me guess what could come next.
Playing the game with a story is very similar. I start with a tiny idea and play “what of” until it is developed into a story. It might go like this:
What if the animals decide they want to compete in sports?
And what if the hen is too busy practicing her gymnastics routine to stop and lay eggs so the farmer has to chase her and pick them up?
And what is while he’s chasing her he becomes the target of a shooting duck and takes cover behind a haystack?
But the haystack is actually the highdive for a swimming cat…
Okay, it might be getting a little ridiculous, but that is the fun part. With this game, anything goes. You never know what idea might turn in to the next best seller. Or at least a pretty good story.