For my writing class this quarter at CCM, I'm using Question of the Day to help students be curious, develop not-horrible-personalities, and, most importantly, seek out stories.
One of the most critical qualities of any good writer—if they want to uncover meaningful stories—is the ability to ask an interesting question. Or really think through, "What if"? Or wonder about the story behind the story.
One question that my students went forth and asked was:
What are you absolutely certain of all the time?
Go listen to the answers they uncovered.
Jane Friedman (There Are No Rules - click title to read more)