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 Competition, the Riddle, and the Story

A story that explores salvation through companionship through a misfortune that results from curiosity.


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.

Porto, Portugal - October 1996


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.

Matthew Leonard
is a medical technologist who wants to make the world a better place, at any cost.. He is generally observant and inspiring, but sometimes passive
Saldona Wood
is a claims investigator who is goal-driven to succeed.. She is generally flexible and practical, but sometimes shy
Makayla Pitts
is a property manager who loves to make people laugh at any cost.. She is generally observant and ambitious, but sometimes obstructive
Abraham Porter
is a file clerk who just wants to have friends.. He is generally forceful and enthusiastic, but sometimes hard
Truth Becker
is a sheet metal worker who wants to be free.. He is generally determined and forceful, but sometimes intolerant
Audrey Burgess
is a human resources specialist who just wants to have friends.. She is generally friendly and logical, but sometimes rude