I recently wrote a hub about writing prompts, and what works for me. But I want to hear what works for every one else. I like actual prompts for a story, such as "You walk into your sister's livingroom. The furniture, wall colors and even the scent is different. A stranger comes in from the kitchen. What happens next?" or ways of generating plots and characters. What are your favorite creativity stimulating practices?
I like prompts that provide a sentence and the story is built from there. An example would be this one which I have created three stories from: "The birds are chirping and the sun is rising over the trees. I see you there in the distance....."
My writing prompts are rarely words, my stories usual come from images that then become part of the story. The images can be of a place, such as a beach or a staircase, or of something like an image on a ceramic tile or even a piece of fabric.
I am increasingly dropping an email to authors whose books either end on a hook or which, with a view to getting their readers to buy their next book, leave half the threads in the story unfinished. This does not make...