I use formulas for my writing. Once I find a healthy formula, I stretch it around, changing a variable here; doubling a variable there.
Think of it like wrapping your hands in tight gloves, then wriggling your fingers—looking for the tension in the fabric. This is what my brain likes to do.
While this is not the sole creative approach I use, I lean into this method for a reason. …I’ll let you know when I figure the reason out.