1. You see something. 2. You don’t know what it is. 3. You make a story up about it.
Unidentified Objects is a brilliant variation on the traditional creative writing prompt (a sentence or phrase you respond to, or incorporate, in a timed writing exercise; check out Sarah Selecky’s prompt-based tweets for a fantastic set of examples).
When my friend Kathryn and I meet for our weekly writing dates, this is our go-to strategy if the muse is shy. Kathryn sets the timer on her phone, we reach into our bags, and on the count of three (because why not add drama) we place a UO on the table in front of each other. Then we write.
What do you think? Worth a shot, right?