Give the English language a Christmas treat and invent a new word.
Here’s a spark phrase to get you going: “Quiet as a mouse.”
Fight the cold weather by building an inferno of great ideas. Kindle your fire with a great opening line and be as imaginative as you can. Stoke the fires of invention with every line you write until ideas glow off the page.
Grab the next magazine you see, flick through it and select a picture at random. Pretend that you are in the picture and start writing about being there.
Here’s an opening line to start with: “It was red (and huge).”
Have a look through any of your old writing and choose a piece to rewrite in the New Year. If you can’t find anything that you want to work on, think about what stories or poems you really want to tell and write a short paragraph about the new piece of writing you’re going to start next year.
Use this spark word to leap into a new piece of writing: “Frosty.”
Put on your iPod shuffle, switch on the radio or choose a CD at random, and start writing about the next song you hear. Let its rhythm be your momentum – try to capture the mood the song puts you in, even if it’s anger or sadness.
Take something you overheard (perhaps from yesterday’s exercise) and write a story or poem around it. Don’t be afraid to take it completely out of context and have fun!
Go for a walk and eavesdrop on as many people as you can – every time you hear something interesting write it down.