Minimum length: a paragraph
Think of a family situation that involved conflict of some sort. Tell a partner a family story you heard about this situation when you were a child. Then, make a list of details you remember about the story. (Names, how people were related, what they did for pleasure or work, where the event took place, what the conflict was, how it was resolved, etc.) Use specific details, (clothes, hair styles, ways of speaking, etc.) but don’t worry about sentences.
Write a draft of this family scene. Aim for at least a page. Be sure to include vivid descriptive detail so that the reader can “see” the scene.
Bernays, Anne & Pamela Painter. What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. New York: HarperPerennial, 1990.