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 Rebellion, the Soul, and the Sacrifice

A story that explores rebirth through an adventure undertaken to obtain a loved one.


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.

Winner, SD - September 2017


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.

Richard Chandler
is a firefighter who wants to be a star.. He is generally disciplined and determined, but sometimes pushy
Katelyn Burnett
is a institutional cook who just wants the money.. She is generally patient and logical, but sometimes shy
Leah Walker
is a order clerk who wants to show loyalty to a mentor.. She is generally self-assured and humorous, but sometimes complaining
John Dennis
is a administrative services manager who wants to show them (the ones that laughed at him/her).. He is generally humorous and appreciative, but sometimes loose-tongued
Wyatt Wong
is a physician who just wants to be bad for evil's sake.. He is generally adventurous and straight-forward, but sometimes blunt
Marissa Hernandez
is a systems software developer who just wants to help (everyone/always).. She is generally adventurous and self-assured, but sometimes naive