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Write a story about something unusual stopping a novelist from finishing his or her book.
Build a story off of this first line, “Barry knew his mumbling was going to get him killed someday.”
Try to write something funny in which profanity—expletives—the hardest profanity you can think of would be completely appropriate but it doesn’t happen.
Write a scene from the point of view of a front line grunt in an undead army.
Write a scene in third-person limited in which your viewpoint character has a secret that he or she does not want any of the other characters in the scene to know.
Write a scene in which a character is performing an activity about which you know nothing. Go to wikipedia, read up on that activity and write the scene.
Write a descent into madness, similar to “The Rats in the Walls” and “Yellow Wallpaper” in first person point. Your writing will become gibberish or some horrible thing will happen
and Brandon will scream.
Develop a religion where people worship something that no one would ever worship in our world. And it can’t be silly.
Bring a side character from the future, bring them back to the past and write a story about them.
Pull out an old piece of writing from the last year or so. Pick a dialogue scene and try to take each piece of dialogue up a half of a notch, evoking a little more character. The outcome or conclusion of the dialogue scene should remain the same.
Take a scene and write it as Dan would write it, then write it as Brandon would write it, and then write it as Howard would write it.