Okay, so I’m a bit weird. Sometimes, when I’m suffering a little block, I try to find a good challenge or exercise to get the “juices flowing” so to speak, but so often the “writing prompts” that I find online can be stodgy. Most of them consist of “Write a story beginning…” Sure, that’s fine and all, but it forces the writer into subscribing to a ready-made story to which s/he has no real connection. So, every now and then, I get an idea of my own, and sometimes they are more successful then I could have hoped. This one, I came up with on my own, and had a lot of fun with.
Set aside a little over an hour, and grab a kitchen timer. Come up with 12 story ideas – they can be simple, vague ideas like a guy and girl meet on a beach. Set your timer and free-write for five minutes on each idea. You can start anywhere in the story. My easiest writing came when I started in the middle, with a climactic or turning point event in the idea I had come up with. Truth be told, when I did this exercise, I didn’t find it very hard to write any of them – it is just five minutes, after all – but you’ll probably have a favorite among them when you finish. Whatever seems most fleshed out, easiest to write, or, in my case, the one I didn’t want to stop writing when the timer stopped, could be your next big WIP. My current WIP came from this exercise.
Good luck, and happy writing!