Create a Haiku (traditional, senryu, or your own 5-7-5 or 17 syllable poem).
Then create something from what you have just created (especially if poetry is not your primary creative format).
If you are not a poet, find a haiku that speaks to you and create something from that.
Take a short poem, like a haiku or even a six word story/poem, and expand on it. Fit it into what you have been writing. Use one you haven’t written. Why? Because you need to imagine what the story is behind the piece. Imagine what was going on in the writer’s mind and run with it. How does that fit with what you are thinking with your writing.
Stretch the piece. Stretch your creativity.
Write a haiku/senryu about “the morning after”.
A haiku is a three line poem. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables.
Then write a longer piece interpreting the haiku/senryu in a totally different manner than you originally intended.
Write in a form you typically do not write in. Step out of your comfort zone. If you write long epic poems, pen your thoughts in a haiku. If you write fiction, write a short memoir piece. If you write non-fiction, exercise your imagination in a short story.
Need a topic: pigs flying
(This topic in honor of the fact that I may actually finish a novella during nanowrimo!)
Write about chaos in as few words as possible. For a poem… write a haiku. For non-fiction… write a 500 word piece. For fiction… no more than 1000 words.