- Write a monologue from the perspective of a girl standing in a train station staring onto the empty tracks. She’s not going to jump. The first line is this: When a feather falls, I know that it is spring…
- Write a picture book in fifteen minutes from the point of view of a country or town.
- Remember a joke you know and begin a story or scene with it.
- Create a character called The Philosopher and add him or her to your current piece. Write a scene where he or she enters randomly.
- Make a list of five frightening things (that are not obvious—like zombies). Write a dialogue between two characters where these things come up in conversation.
- Write a story stemming from a scene from your childhood that is 40 characters long and includes some metaphysical detail (however you interpret that). Do not use any adverbs or adjectives.
- Take a piece of your writing and cut the first two sentences and the last two sentences. Then cut every single adverb or adjective, and filter word.
- Write about the following emotions using the objects listed, and never using an emotional word (such as cried, tears, laughed etc.)
Anger: paper bag, apple, Harvard
Love: an origami bird, yardstick, cellulite
Loneliness: cave, pomegranate, clown.