Like in sports, I feel every writing routine should contain some form of warm-up. I'm here to share mine, but I'd love to hear yours. I use http://writeordie.com/ as the centerpiece to the whole thing. I set the timer for ten minutes and just start working. Initially it was stream of thought, usually some pseudo-intellectual musings on nihilism and the concept of mortality (ain't dat shit wack?)- but eventually it morphed into something strange. In the ten minutes I spend I write flash fiction. It's not good, and none of it is worth reading, but it's a story contained in about 3-5 hundred words. I've begun taking some of the work and turning it into full length short stories, spending weeks of time on an idea that took only 10 minutes to think up. Begin with a conflict, for that is truly the centerpiece to any story, and just write around it. When you're done, and if you feel confident, I encourage you to post it here- mistakes and all. None of it's going to be good, and that's ok; nothing written in ten minutes ever is. I'd love to read it, just make sure you stick to the core tenants of storytelling. 1: Every story must have a conflict. 2: Every conflict must have a resolution. 3: There are no tenants of good storytelling- the above two are liars designed to force you into an overly structured box. 4:#3 goes too far, sometimes a little structure is a good thing- but, yeah, if you want to go off the rails that's your business. You always were an individual, weren't you? 5: Shutup #4, no one likes you.