If you’re looking for something different to shake your muse out of lethargy, try these unusual prompts from McSweeney’s. They’ve been around for a while, but if you haven’t seen them, it’s worth taking a look. Though they’re clearly tongue-in-cheek, you may decide to write about one of them anyway. Or they might just cause your mind to do a double take and inspire something new.
A couple of examples:
A husband and wife are meeting in a restaurant to finalize the terms of their impending divorce. Write the scene from the point of view of a busboy snorting cocaine in the restroom.
Choose your favorite historical figure and imagine if he/she had been led to greatness by the promptings of an invisible imp living behind his or her right ear. Write a story from the point of view of this creature. Where did it come from? What are its goals? Use research to make your story as accurate as possible.