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 Season, the Salvation, and the Bed

A story that explores danger of ignorance through faulty judgement.


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.

Miami, FL - March 1903


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.

Yves Hodges
is a sheriff who wants to see them pay for what they did.. He is generally tactful and appreciative, but sometimes sloppy
Kaylee Fox
is a loan interviewer who wants to repay a debt that can't be repaid.. She is generally ambitious and logical, but sometimes complaining
Heather Clarke
is a medical assistant who wants to discover new things for the sake of knowledge.. She is generally tactful and adventurous, but sometimes moody
Arthur Maxwell
is a lawyer who wants to be a star.. He is generally disciplined and determined, but sometimes selfish
Robert Banks
is a guidance counselor who wants to go back home again.. He is generally determined and logical, but sometimes lazy
Jessica Lyons
is a delivery truck driver who loves to make people laugh at any cost.. She is generally generous and inspiring, but sometimes undisciplined