A creative writing exercise you might like to try out. It’s one I used to write the blog piece a couple of days ago (A Little Fiction). Flick through some old magazines or newspapers and cut or tear out any images that appeal to you, for whatever reason. It might be that you just like the colour, or it’s a striking image. When you’ve collected ten or more, pick out just one and start to write a story based on the picture. When you’ve got the first couple of lines, pick another image at random and carry on the story using that as your inspiration. Each new object or scene or person you choose forces your brain to make some new and creative connections. I’ve found it a great exercise for those days when you just don’t know how to begin.