Put some music on, allow your mind to wander then write a short story – see what emerges. Write it quickly without your critical hat on. It’s an exercise!
Finish the story: ‘If it all goes wrong, I’m not paying for it’ Who, what, where? Write a short story using this snippet of dialogue.
Try writing a short love story. Think Wuthering Heights rather than Mills & Boon, avoid cliches, be bold.
Write a short story featuring a pair of shoes, but write it in the first person, present tense.. for example, ‘I am walking down the street when I ..’