Sometimes the best stories start with something simple. An observation of an ordinary thing, whether it is someone sitting on a park bench reading a book or a honey bee landing on a flower. Someone walks their dog by the water of Leith and out of nowhere, something extraordinary can happen. Maybe just for fun someone drops a rubber duck into the running stream to see where it will end up. Try writing a story that starts with something commonplace and turn the scene on its head by making something weird and wonderful happen. My cat is sleeping at my feet. I might write a story about what cats dream about. Her whiskers are twitching and she’s making little growling sounds, so I know there’s something going through her little head. Probably dreaming of chasing field mice in our garden or of a giant plate of tuna. Maybe she’s dreaming of her new boyfriend, the little black and white kitten across the street. He follows her via the cat door in the kitchen once in a while.