1) Write about a conversation between a group of co-conspirators. What kind of kingdom or government or organization are they conspiring against? Are they good or evil? What are their plans? 2) Come up with a set of questions or "mysteries". Write a story exploring these mysteries and what they are about. What is the unanswered question in your story? Is it about a person, place, or thing? 3) Take an inanimate object you see every day and make it into a living character. Describe your character/object. Does it talk? What does it say? What is its personality? Now write a short story in which this object speaks to the audience. 4) There's a person on the bus talking on their cell phone so you only hear their side of the conversation. What are they saying? Are they angry or sad? How do the people around them react to what they're saying? 5) Describe something you would like to see invented that would make your life easier. Now write a TV commercial or a newspaper article advertising this new invention.