Write about a character who’s desperate to find something lost or misplaced. Perhaps it’s something physical, like a long-lost CD running over and over in their head and they can’t find it. Maybe it’s something metaphysical, like a solid relationship with a parent. Explore your character’s feelings as the stakes of their search heightens throughout the story. Do they find what they’re looking for? Will they know they’ve found it? That’s up to you.
Give this exercise fifteen minutes of your time. Write it up and see what happens.