What you need:
--Paper and writing implement
Here's how it works:
1) Make a list of categories relating to what you're going to write. Some suggestions: genre, story structure, POV, setting, form, protagonist, antagonist, prop, or anything else that comes to mind.
2) Under each category brainstorm 6 options. Like this:
Genre Plot/Story Premise POV Form
Romance Fish Out of Water 1st poem
Fantasy Underdog 2nd essay
SciFi Pygmalion 3rd story
Thriller Quest Omniscient flash fiction
Chick Lit Star-Crossed Lovers Peripheral novella in verse
Picture Book Revenge Objective email/twitter
3) For each category roll the dice and circle or highlight the choice from each list accordingly. The prompt for the example above is: Fantasy story about star-crossed lovers, told in 1st person through the email/twitter format.
4) Now write.
Note: Sometimes it seems like the combination you got isn't actually going to work. "What do you mean I'm supposed to write a thriller quest story as an omniscient poem?" The idea here isn't to come up with the premise for the next great American novel. Rather, the goal is to shake up your thinking and make you see connections you ordinarily wouldn't see.
Today's Task: Come up with your own morphological forced connection prompt. If you like, share your prompt in the comments or borrow a prompt from a fellow DIY MFAer.