If your brain immediately leapt to highly abstract and suspect places upon reading that title, then we share something in common.
A while back Mutt and I started a group called Ink Harvest. This group was made up of several budding young writers (ourselves included) who were looking to flex their creative muscles. How, exactly? We would take it in turns playing a piece of instrumental music from our respective collections and then spend the next ten to twenty minutes transcribing whatever imagery it inspired.
Usually we'd try to write a cohesive scene from a larger story that we'd never get to read, but sometimes it would only be an abstract image or a vague story outline that came out. Whatever it inspired we would share with the group without fear of criticism or judgement. Here's something I wrote one time (pretty try-hard poetic, but sometimes the music warrants it):
It's a remarkably liberating experience and it really helps you to find your natural groove and style. I've learned so much over our Ink Harvest sessions about how I write and little things I fall back on when I'm being lazy. Even better, it helps stretch you as a writer. There's nothing like a little healthy competition amongst writers and Ink Harvest was no exception. Although whenever Tim would attend he would automatically win... stupid jerk.
You can mix up this formula too. Here are some variations we've come up with:
1) Choose an image instead of a piece of music and try to write the potential story behind it.2) Draw or paint an image instead of writing what is inspired by the music.3) Come up with an unusual, slightly ambiguous sentence, then try to write a story around it.
What are you waiting for? Flex those creative muscles!