Feeling stuck, stumped, blocked, and/or utterly lost? Don't worry. It happens to all of us from time to time.
Try this. Here is a fill-in-the-blank lead in.
"Long ago and far away in a place called _name_ there was a _thing/person_ named _name_ who was _emotion/state of being_ because _cause_.
In order to _action: change, make, undo, etc_ the _thing/person_ had to _action_. But where to begin?
This _thing/person_ named _name_ had very little _possession: strength, knowledge, etc_ and even less/no _possession: money, friends, time, etc_. What _name_ did have was _possession: ingenuity, courage, etc_. And so it was, with _pronoun_ _possesion_, _name_ set out to _action_."
And you're off and running.
I would love to hear what you do with it, so add a comment below and let's see what you came up with.
Of course my mind naturally goes to a fantasy setting, but you can
substitute a ship (Icarus) or planet (Helion) for sci-fi, a town
(Pennyford) or county (East Humblewick) for steampunk, really whatever
suits your fancy. The subject can be a boy, girl, dragon, droid, or
other sentient object.