It’s easy to think like a futurist, and just as easy to write like one. I can teach anyone how to do it in just a few easy steps

  1. Think of something you would really like to have happen or have the ability to do in the present but cannot for some reason(s).
  2. Tell yourself that the reason(s) is/are a.) because present day science and/or technology has not been able to figure out how to give that thing to you and/or b.) because there is no way to make money giving that thing to you and/or c.) because big government bureaucrats and politicians are blocking you from having that thing.
  3. Next, reassure yourself with the thought that at this very moment innovative and creative scientists are hard at work figuring that thing out, brilliant business people are dreaming up money making schemes for selling that thing, and the governments and politicians blocking that thing will soon be voted out and replaced by others who will support you having that thing.
  4. Now bone up on hedge words and terms: might, maybe, could, possible, possibly, chance, odds, probably, probable, in general terms, think we might, generally speaking, good chance, most likely, likely, etc.
  5. Imagine how great everything will be when you get what you wanted from step 1.

Finally, you are ready to put it all together. All you need to do is think up a story about that thing you wanted from step (1.), then using one or more of the reasons from step (2.) as the theme/backdrop/plot device tell everyone the story of how the great people of step 3 will get you to step 5 using as many of the words and terms from step 4 as possible. Congratulations you have just thought and written like a futurist! Now all you need to do is convince everyone that your vision of the future is the correct one. The beauty of the futurist method is that you can never be wrong thanks to the magic of step (4.). When someone in the future inevitably calls you out on how wrong all of your predictions were you can point to your own words and say “I never said X would happen. I said X might happen or X could happen, etc.” Yep, life as a futurist writer sure is sweet. Good luck and bring on the future!

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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