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 Moment, the Bed, and the Punishment

A story that explores temporary nature of physical beauty through a victim of cruelty or misfortune.


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.

Sarasota, FL - June 2016


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.

Julian Coleman
is a civil engineer who wants power at any cost.. He is generally creative and forceful, but sometimes chaotic
Andrea Turner
is a parking lot attendant who wants to see them pay for what they did.. She is generally forceful and patient, but sometimes shy
Quanisha Guzman
is a industrial production manager who wants to make the world a better place, at any cost.. She is generally intelligent and observant, but sometimes cynical
Barry Hansen
is a legal assistant who just wants the money.. He is generally idealistic and generous, but sometimes naive
Tyler Cooper
is a administrative services manager who wants to live up to the family name.. He is generally disciplined and dedicated, but sometimes mistrustful
Caroline Hopkins
is a baker who wants to be more human.. She is generally practical and logical, but sometimes blunt