Shelly King, author of Morning Fog, available in Epiphany
One of my favorite prompts was from a master class that novelist Elizabeth Rosner conducted. We described a character by describing an object that is important to him/her. The example she gave was a friend of hers who always wore flip-flops, even in the dead of winter, even when he was hiking. Here are some others:
Where were you last night?
I don't remember....
Ken Harvey, author of the memoir, A Passionate Engagement, and the award-winning collection of short stories, If You Were with Me Everything Would Be All Right.
Talk about a time when you changed your mind.
Talk about a time when a book surprised you.