Today write about cleanliness. Show a character reacting to cleanliness or the lack of it in their everyday life.
Write for five minutes.d
Today write about writing – the marks and symbols used in your story’s world to record or celebrate events. Does the culture write on paper, parchment, leaves, stones? Are marks painted on walls or tablets, are the marks permanents or temporary, like sand writings on a shore?
Show the people of your world engaged in writing.
Today write about renewal. What rites or ceremonies mark the start of a new era for your characters? Does the world of your story look to seasons, tides, moons, or rigorous calendars for marking the start and end of its spiritual celebrations?
Wrte about ‘new year’ in your world, for five minutes, and see where this takes you.
Today write about imprisonment. Who goes to prison in your story’s world? Who escapes internment? Do prisons have lockdown, are they open prisons based on trust and good behaviour? Show a prisoner in his/her daily routine – or show what happens when prison life goes wrong, in any way you choose.
Write for 5 minutes or keep going if this topic inspires you.
Today, write about water. Show your character interacting with a body of water, large or small – a pond or a glass of water. How important is water in the world of your story? A dwindling resource, a plentiful one, a seasonal affliction?
Write for five minutes about this vital liquid and see where your writing takes you.
Today, write about cold. Show your story’s world in the grip of winter or describe how your characters respond to cold. What about animals – how do they cope, what are the ways your story’s world has for caring for animals in winter?
Write for five minutes and see how many ways you use to write about low, low temperatures.