Story Writing Prompts

Story Writing Prompts

One of the best creative exercises I have encountered is trying to figure out how things work together. These story writing prompts are based on that idea. Here are several random puzzle pieces: title, plot, theme, setting, and characters. Can you put them all together to create an original story?

Refresh the page to change the writing prompt… feel free to mix and match suggestions until you find something that strikes your fancy. 

The Passion, the Moment, and the Move

A story that explores complications of nationalism through a disaster.


The setting is the backdrop to your story. A lot of times you can find inspiration to break through writer’s block by doing a little research. Try looking up the time and place here to find more ideas to flesh out your story.

Bangor, ME - January 1979


Characters are the usually the most interesting part of a story. You will proably want at least 2 or 3 main characters: the protagonist (the hero), a sidekick, and an antagonist (the villian). A few secondary characters can help bring depth to your story as well, so we decided to give you half a dozen to start with. Which one looks like the most likely protagonist? The most likely villian? How are they all related to each other? Do they work together? Are they family? Neighbors? As you answer these questions you are building your backstory.

Caleb Adkins
is a electronics engineer who wants to find a purpose in life.. He is generally persuasive and open, but sometimes contemptuous
Elizabeth Ray
is a prison guard who only wants what is rightfully hers/his.. She is generally considerate and respectful, but sometimes greedy
Isabel Butler
is a continuing education instructor who wants to destroy the wicked people/government/organization etc.. She is generally tactful and determined, but sometimes arrogant
Jabari Conley
is a animal caretaker who lives for the thrill of moment.. He is generally orderly and versatile, but sometimes arrogant
William Cohen
is a stock clerk who wants to be more human.. He is generally observant and accurate, but sometimes pushy
Taylor Munoz
is a concrete finisher who wants to be free.. She is generally independent and straight-forward, but sometimes impatient