I am sure I didn’t just invent this, but I decided on a writing exercise this morning. I was running late, and wanted to make good use of the time I would have left. How could I productively make use of 45 minutes? I am working on two short stories and one creative nonfiction piece. I am not happy with the shape of any of them, and a sleepy 45 minutes was not going to move any of them along.
So I poured myself a glass of orange juice and decided to use it as a prompt. Put the orange juice in a character’s hand, and create the seed of a story. I produced six. Maybe one or two of them will be good.