Hi, I'm not a writer but a PhD student. Trouble is that as part of my work I have to submit a piece of fictional literary prose. (The idea behind this is that it gives one a new insight into the creative process.) My usual field is literary criticism (yes - I'm one of the hated critics!) and I'm really struggling with the required creative part of my project. I don't know how you guys make a start on the whole creative writing thing and I was wondering if you have any tips on how I can find an idea. The subject/theme is totally open for me but it is a stipulation that I have to write something literary, so no pulp fiction basically. I really need this PhD. Any advice would be more than welcome.