In most stories, there is a particular object that takes on a lot of meaning or significance. For instance, think of the golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz, or the sneakers in Holes.
Your task this week is to write the next scene in your story and to focus on a single object. This object should be important in some way: maybe the plot hinges on it, maybe it symbolizes something significant about the protagonist, maybe it’s a goal, maybe it’s a danger, or whatever makes sense for what you are writing. The possibilities are endless. Make sure to describe the object somewhere in the scene. Explore it in detail, using as many senses as possible.
As a more advanced technique, let your description reflect the object’s meaning. So, for example, if the object is closely associated with a frightening character, the object should also appear frightening.
By the way, there’s a very interesting project online called Significant Objects, where well-known authors write short stories inspired by thift-store objects, then sell the objects on eBay to benefit non-profit writing organizations. Check it out if you’re interested!