You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.
Write a page or two on a character, culture, or situation you know very little (or nothing!) about. Don’t research this. Just take that teeny tiny seed an of idea and write. Use your imagination. Now, look up the closest approximation of the real character, culture, or situation, and research it. How does your creative fantasy version compare? Is it vastly more interesting and dynamic than the real deal? Or, after some research, do you see some glaring stereotypes and cliches in your made-up version? Sometimes life is stranger than fiction, but sometimes fiction is vastly more entertaining.