If you are looking to jump-start your creative juices and create a literary masterpiece but you’ve run into the all-consuming writer’s block, then consider taking the road all writers have: look at some writer’s prompts to get you going.
Write the first half of your short story from the point of view of a man who controls his wife or girlfriend. Examine the background of this male character. Was he abused as a child? Did his mother or father control him? Does he have inexplicable insecurities that keep him tethered to this woman that he is with? For the second half of your short story, write from the woman’s point of view. Explore this girl’s emotions. She is being controlled and consumed by her husband/boyfriend. Maybe she will leave. Maybe she can’t. Flesh out the characters and it will help you create a believable story.
Write a short story from the point of view of a pet. This animal can be a dog, cat, bird, or any type of pet. Tell the story from the short story of the pet. Since the pet doesn’t understand verbal communication, try to communicate the pet’s observations by using non-verbal observances. What body language is evident? How do they people sound? Are there specific behaviors or gestures?
Write a short story about a couple that are complete opposites. Maybe the girl is a vegetarian and the man is an avid hunter. Maybe one is an artist and the other is accountant. Write down a list of traits for the two characters, each trait should be an opposite. After you have finished with the list, put the two of them in an awkward situation in which they have to confront their opposite personalities.