Hunt for 7 uniquely disturbing or depressing sentences from news articles. Combine them all into a flash fiction or prose poem by writing your own connective tissue between the sentences, creating a personal story that has NOTHING to do with the news. Sift and re-sift the repertorial sentences like a creative cook in the kitchen until something interesting surfaces. Let this exercise guide you directly into the story. My story “Extinction” came from this exercise. You can read the story at 3AM magazine below.