Alex J. Cavanaugh
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
At the Heart of What If?
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Parallel universes explore the what if – what if one or more elements was different that our own world. But if you think about it, all speculative fiction is about the what if. It’s exploring a place unlike our own, transporting the reader to a world of possibilities.
This type of writing appeals to both writer and reader on many levels.
Fun to brainstorm. We can just start listing all sorts of crazy what ifs.
No limits. This is about things that aren’t real. Not yet and maybe never. We can go as far as we envision.
We become Creator. All writers do, but we can take it a step farther with a whole new world.
For the reader:
The chance to escape reality. When the news and troubles of the world overwhelm, nothing is more satisfying than retreating away from reality.
Struggles easier to handle. The troubles of this world can overwhelm us. But present those same struggles in a speculative fiction setting, and they are easier to handle and understand. We can process them better.
Encourages imagination. The same imagination that created the story flows into the reader and he envisions the world beyond the book. He’ll create his own stories.
What if takes us to a place beyond this world. And that’s a good thing. After all, all of the advancements and inventions of this world came from that simple question – what if?
- Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and Dragon of the Stars. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.