Objects make for excellent writing prompts, Anca Szilagyi declares on the Plougshares blog. Objects can ignite memories or serve as a simple writing exercise tool. And objects within a narrative define how characters interact in a world. But be warned, there are dangers:
Vladimir Nabokov writes of a curious condition. Whenever he inserted objects from his real life into his fiction, those objects were absorbed into the fiction and it was as if they were no longer an article of his real history.