Close your eyes. Relax, allowing your mind to drift wherever it wants to go.
What do you see? Hear? Smell?
Are you somewhere in your past or seeing a vision of the future? How does it make you feel? Sad? Lonely? Frightened? Hopeful or happy?
What story comes to mind? Is it from your childhood or perhaps when you were much older?
Your task is to write that story, complete with all the emotions that hit you when your eyes were closed. You could begin with a line such as, “When I looked back, I…”
Bring the people in the story to life. They also have emotional reactions to the time and place. There might be conflict. There might be an argument. There might be cooperation and joy.
Use both narrative and dialogue to make the story sing.
Have fun with this one.