Select an object in your home that has a personal history. It could be anything—a souvenir coffee mug, an old piece of furniture. Then use the object and the emotions it evokes to create a fiction—not the true story of the object, but something new.
Dawn Raffel [Dawnraffel.com] is the author of five books, including The Strange Case of Dr. Couney and The Secret Life of Objects. Her work has been selected for Best Small Fictions three times, as well as Best Microfiction 2021, and the Norton anthology New Micro. Her next collection, much of it flash, will be published by Sagging Meniscus Press in January, 2023.