Nothing is more pleasurable for a writer than to get out of the doldrums and to take another path to a story. It is refreshing to do something that fires up neglected parts of the brain.
Here are four little amusements that might interest you. Tag them open call writing exercise and I'll put the links here.
This has NO deadline! Take your time.
1. You are in a restaurant where the private booths have very high walls. Somehow, the acoustics allow you to hear every word being said at one of the nearby booths. You do not know which booth it is. You cannot see the speakers. How will events unfold?
2. A major earthquake strikes at San Francisco. Choose one person with the idea that his or her story, out of thousands, is the most compelling.
3. Write about the little kid with the nickname, "Stinky".
4. A story told from a woman's perspective. The same story told from a man's perspective.