Write about a one-on-one fight. Is this a duel, watched on by crowds of people? Or have the guards been occupied somewhere else for the time being, leaving the two of them alone? It could be a simple bar fight or a struggle for power over the universe. Is it a fair fight? What is at stake? Does someone escape before it becomes deadly, leaving this fight for another day?
Selling a self-published print book through Barnes & Noble is a complete rip off. They only want to offer you 55% royalties and then the cost of production comes out of YOUR royalties, so while they’re sitting fat and happy on 45% of your book money, you get 55% - the cost of production which, for a reasonably priced book, is about 50% of the price.
Example: a 350 page hardcover book costs $11.97 to print. So, assuming it’s priced at $19.99 which is already a little steep, the author would earn $10.99 - $11.97 which is impossible so basically overprice your book at like $25 so you can actually make like $1.50 on each book sale goodbye
Write about being underground. Is your character a miner, prisoner, or just a plucky adventurer looking for their next loot grab? Is it damp, the ceiling dripping water ever so often? Or is this a dry, dusty place? Is it littered with statues of a time forgotten with many paths to take, leaving an air of mystery? Or is it monotonously the same throughout with only a few twists and turns? What is their motivation for being here/getting out?
Write about an avoided hazard that leads to more danger. Maybe your character was sneaking out of a high security facility, avoiding the guards with only their wits, only to set off the security alarms. Or they could have barely dodged the dragon’s fire breath, but in doing so falls into a mine shaft through the soft ground. Perhaps they escaped the kidnapper, but now are lost in the surrounding woods, facing the thought that they could starve out here.
Write about waking up to find the world (or their own perspective of it) changed. Was your character a candidate for cryostasis? Or perhaps they were revived from the dead? Maybe they woke up from their anesthesia? Or just from an afternoon nap? Is the world at war or peace? Did they wake up to new body modifications? Aliens invaded or driven off? What makes it different than before?
Write about an invasion. It could be as simple as a ladybug infestation in a home. Maybe a neighboring country decides they are the rightful owners of this land? Or it could be as complicated as an alien race, coming to claim the planet as their new nesting grounds, displacing all who would stand in their way? How does this invasion affect your character? What can be done about it within their means, if anything?
Write about a vacation gone wrong. Did dinosaurs eat the children? Or perhaps your character’s luggage was smuggled out a window by a monkey, leaving them in the nude? Maybe the boat ran out of gas? Do your characters turn it around to be a positive thing (I mean, if the kids were lunch for some carnivores, I’m not quite sure how that could work, but hey! You do you!)?
Write about a subsection of a mythical species. Maybe instead of just mermaids, these are swamp mermaids with films over their eyes like gators. Instead of werewolves, there are Mexican Wolves, Tibetan Wolves, or even Arctic Wolves. Centaurs that are half miniature horse. Vampires that drink life essence rather than blood. What is different about these creatures from the usual suspects?
Write about a character who can control fire. Are there any drawbacks to wielding this power? A cool-down period? What sort of situations does your character use these powers? Battle? Everyday cooking? Magic show? Are these powers genetic? A mutation? The result of crushing obsidian with his or her bare, superhuman hands?
Write about your character trying to rid himself or herself from a curse. What measures is this person willing to go to? Or does he/she even know how to go about it in the first place? Why was the curse placed at all? What does this curse do? Can this person explain to others what the curse is, or is that a part of the curse (the inability to tell others about it)?