Tell me a story from when you were a child, your favourite story. It can be about you, about a friend, a family member, anything. It must be real and it must be your truly favourite story, however mundane or fantastic. Once we’ve both done this there will be more ideas. It might be that we write all of our favourite stories and then we ask people for theirs until we have 100 favourite true tales to make you laugh and cry. 

You might walk past an old lady at a bus stop and tell her you’re writing a book and could she tell you a story about her childhood that makes her happy. 

The possibilities are endless.