Stuck for Ideas? Try this Writing Exercise.
How to Freewrite:
All you'll need for this writing exercise is a pen and paper, or a computer if you're more comfortable with a keyboard. I recommend pen and paper, because the physical act of writing seems to unlock something subconscious, allowing your thoughts to flow more naturally. At least, it does for me, but as always, experiment with what works best for you.
If you're still feeling stuck for inspiration, try using a game like Creative Wack Pack ( a deck of colorful and inventive cards) to help you get your creative juices flowing.
Set a timer for at least ten minutes, and no more than fifteen. I suggest starting with 10 minutes, because you will have to keep writing non-stop for the entire time. When you first start doing this exercise, that ten minutes may seem like forever!
Begin writing and - here's the important part - DO NOT STOP! Do not lift your pen from the paper or your fingers from the keyboard, even if you wind up writing "I don't know what to write." over and over again until your ten minutes are up. Write anything, even if it's unconnected nonsense. But keep writing, and do not stop.
When your timer signals, stop writing. Look over what you've written. Sometimes it will be pure rubbush, but often you will be surprised to find that you have pulled ideas for a short story, a poem, or another writing exercise. If not, don't worry. The object of this exercise is to just write, so if you have anything worth saving, that's a bonus!
Some writers like to do a freewriting exercise as a "warm-up" before they begin the day's work. Others use it when they need inspiration. Whatever you decide to use freewriting for, be sure to have fun with it. And keep writing.