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 World, the Year, and the Birthday

A story that explores good versus evil through bigamy.


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.

Alexandria, LA - May 1925


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.

Lucas Chandler
is a kindergarten teacher who wants to find some meaning for life.. He is generally independent and tactful, but sometimes dull
Emily Chapman
is a laborer who wants to find some meaning for life.. She is generally caring and lively, but sometimes dull
Taylor Blair
is a dental assistant who longs to have a secure and happy life.. She is generally accurate and orderly, but sometimes obstructive
Matthew Hale
is a home health aide who wants to help someone important.. He is generally humorous and tactful, but sometimes complaining
Angel Kelley
is a payroll clerk who just wants to have friends.. He is generally observant and persuasive, but sometimes fanatical
Bonnie Todd
is a retail salesperson who wants to be admired.. She is generally straight-forward and generous, but sometimes strict