I've started a new exercise where, every morning, I take the Merriam-Webster Word Of The Day and use it to inspire a one page scene. My goal is to try and pack as much of a story into a single page as possible; let's see how I do, eh?
Inchmeal: "Little-by-little, gradually."
"Would you mind if maybe I just grabbed some reading material or something? I mean not that your sweating and shaking and whole 'looking-terrified' thing isn't engaging it's just... this isn't a very flattering angle for you, y'know?"