Katie sez, "To help writers get in the habit of working on their
craft a little bit each day, Figment has started Daily Themes, a
free email service that sends subscribers a writing prompt five
days a week. This week (January 16-20) all of the prompts will come from none
other than Lev Grossman, author of the gripping, dark, funny The
Magicians and The Magician King. His five original prompts are
created to inspire writers to hone their short story and novel
Jonathan Franzen used to write his novels wearing earmuffs, or earplugs, in a darkened room with no windows, so that he could completely immerse himself in his fictional world and forget about the real one. See if that works for you.