I find that writing prompts are great to clear any blocks that are lurking to stop you writing.
Some of the prompts I've used may be useful for you too.
Get a bar of chocolate, we had a box of Favourites, and use this as your prompt. The colour of the wrapper, the taste of the bar, the words on the side, anything can be used to start a piece of writing.
Pick up a piece of jewellery. Your prompt could be anything from the story of the item to a descriptive piece to using it as an item in your story.
A toy can start an adventure. Pick up a toy and use it to tell a story. It could be anything from some pieces of Lego to start the story of a building to a telling the tale from the point of view of a teddy bear.
Using the characters from some of your favourite TV shows or movies, write a piece from another point of view, or putting the character into an unusual position. This can be a fun exercise to clear any blockage.
Find a photograph - it could be one of your collection, or something you find on Pinterest or even a stock photo - and write its story.
Grab the nearest object to your left or right (excluding your computer mouse!), and that becomes your writing prompt. Is there a strange way you can use that item, or write the story of where that object came from.
These are a few of the writing prompts I've used for the teen writer's group, and used them myself. The results have been fantastic and went in more places than I ever imagined. If you have some blocks to writing, or even just to have something fun to write to get started in your writing time, give some of these a try. You never know what may come of them.
Melissa Gijsbers lives in Melbourne and writes in between working as a bookkeeper and being the mother of two active boys. She is a blogger and author of flash fiction and children's books. Her first book, Swallow Me, NOW! is now available.