Sorry for not posting anything Saturday, things were a bit busy with the arrival of our new adopted daughter, Mia.
So, here is an exercise I've used to get the old fingers typing.
Select an object and then write a description about that object, using all five senses.
Now respond to the object by describing how you feel about it.
Thirdly, free associate using your object as a jumping off point: An idea of how to do this is to look at your object, write the first idea that comes to your mind and then just keep writing. The idea is not to stop writing. If nothing comes to your mind write "nothing" down.
Now, write a short fantasy about your object. A couple questions that could help you start: "What's the strangest thing that could happen to this object?" or, "Wht is an adventure it could have experienced."
I'm going to try to link my story that I developed using this technique, if I can find it.
Happy writing, Mike