Suggestions: read “Spill Theory” before beginning & use a timer that doesn’t annoy you. This series of prompts can be done one at a time (perhaps 10 minutes a day) or in one sitting or “whatever” (as my teenager would say). Likewise, you could give yourself longer periods of time to write each… Enjoy!
Choose one of the following phrases & write from the first person (“I”) or third person (“She/He”) point of view for 10 minutes:
a secret code
a secret admirer
a secret compartment
a secret pocket
a secret hiding place
a secret key
Read what you wrote (out loud, if possible). Don’t critique, edit or change it in any way. You have the rest of your life to do that.
Reset your timer for 10 more minutes. Continue exactly where you left off OR switch to the POV you didn’t previously choose.
Read what you wrote (out loud, if possible). Don’t critique, edit or change it in any way.
Choose the strongest sentence/line from either of the above “spills” & rewrite it on a fresh page, as a first line. Write for 10 minutes. Read what you wrote.