Take a look at the quotation below from “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations” and copy it at the top of a sheet of paper. Set a timer for 10 minutes (or limit yourself to two sides of a sheet of paper) and do one of the following:
- Start a short story (or brainstorm ideas for a short story) inspired by the quotation.
- Explore what the quotation personally means for you.
- Simply free-write, free-associating from the quotation, and see where it takes you.
Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears
Today of past Regrets and future Fears;
Tomorrow!–Why, Tomorrow I may be
Myself with Yesterday’s Sev’n Thousand Years.
–Edward Fitzgerald, “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”