Twice recently I’ve linked to inspirational images that I’ve described as “mysterious,” and that got me thinking. Today, look around you (your house, outside your house, on your way to work, at work, at the deli when you go to lunch, etc.) and note down at least ten things you could view as mysterious. How did that little hole in your floor get there? Why is there a dead patch of grass in the middle of your yard? Whatever happened to the old lady who used to sit out on her porch every day but hasn’t been out for two weeks?
At the end of the day, brainstorm three plots or plot hooks involving each mysterious circumstance or object.
If you look around, you can find mysteries and questions in the most ordinary of anomalies and objects. Use that. Learn to question everything!