Start with an anagram activity - choose a long-ish word, or one with a good variety of letters, and compile a list of as many words as you can make by rearranging the letters in that word. (Tip: We discovered that a really great word to use is catastrophe. We got almost 100 three-letter-or-more words out of it, and there were plenty more, I'm sure!)
Now that you have those words, use them to write a story. You can try to use all of the words or just use as many as possible. Similar to the Popcorn activity, this one really stretches your imagination as you try to compile the words into something interesting.
For an example of a piece resulting from this exercise, click here.