You love writing. You love stories. You’re looking for a way to express yourself. You want to exercise your imagination. You want to break out of a writing rut. You simply want to use your brain in a different way. You want to play. You want to take a break without turning to your phone or social media or your inbox. Whatever your intention, responding to a quick prompt can be powerful for all of that.

That’s because quick is rarely intimidating or overwhelming. Quick doesn’t require an entire day in your writer’s cave. Quick doesn’t require specific conditions. Quick can be on your commute. Quick can be in line at the grocery store. Quick can be at the dentist’s office. Quick can be right before dinner. During a commercial break. In the morning. In the evening. And quick can be just 6 minutes. That’s it.

In her book Part Wild: A Writer’s Guide to Harnessing The Creative Power of Resistance, writing coach Deb Norton shares a slew of inspiring, playful and clever prompts. Today, I’m sharing 36 prompts from this excellent resource, which, again, can be done in only 6 minutes.

Just be sure to follow Norton‘s advice: “Don’t try to be brilliant, interesting or funny. Just write as fast as you can and be curious to see what comes out of your pen.”

  1. Write about a certain someone’s perfume or cologne.
  2. Write about a kindness that mattered.
  3. Write about a pair of shoes that hurt your feet.
  4. Write about a time you held your breath.
  5. Write about a time you were doing exactly what you wanted to be doing.
  6. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Appreciate Beauty.
  7. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Behave Badly.
  8. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Catch a Fairy.
  9. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Dance.
  10. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Enjoy Chocolate.
  11. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Get Out of a Rut.
  12. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Pray.
  13. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Be Still.
  14. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Take Your Writing Seriously.
  15. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Die Happy.
  16. Write easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for How to Win a Hot Dog-Eating Contest.
  17. Fill in the blank, “Before I was born.”
  18. Fill in the blank, “I could never write about…”
  19. Fill in the blank, “I live for…”
  20. Fill in the blank, “I want to apprentice with…”
  21. Fill in the blank, “I wish I were braver about…”
  22. Fill in the blank, “I’m fueled by…”
  23. Fill in the blank, “In my grandmother’s kitchen…”
  24. Fill in the blank, “It’s poetry when…”
  25. Fill in the blank, “I used to believe in…”
  26. Fill in the blank, “Note to self…”
  27. Fill in the blank, “When you look at me…”
  28. Make a list of Reasons to Write.
  29. Make a list of Smells that Remind Me of Being in Love.
  30. Make a list of Sounds I Hear Every Day.
  31. Make a list of Things I Wish I Had the Guts to Say.
  32. Make a list of Things to Do with Someone I Love.
  33. Make a list of Trees I’ve Known.
  34. Write about everything you know about cheese.
  35. Write about everything you know about villains.
  36. Write about everything you know about hope.

These quick and seemingly simple prompts don’t only help us cultivate our creativity. They also help us discover and rediscover ourselves. They also remind us that we actually know so much more than we think we do. Which is pretty impressive for a mere 6 minutes.