Surprise Me – This exercise needs a minimum of two people, but the more you have participating, the better. By exchanging ideas you’ll be able to explore topics you may not have thought of.
Each writer takes a piece of paper and writes down a short idea.
Fold up the paper.
Put the paper in a box or other container.
Each writer picks an idea. (Draw again if you select your own.)
Use the idea you receive as a starting point for your short story.
At the end of the session, or the next day, share the short story and the idea that inspired it.
The best part of this writing exercise is the element of surprise!