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 Men, the Project, and the Game

A story that explores what it means to be a man through murder of a spouse.


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.

Missoula, MT - April 2010


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.

Christopher Patton
is a school bus driver who just wants to be good for goodness sake.. He is generally enthusiastic and accurate, but sometimes inhibited
Nadine Tate
is a sheriff who wants to find what was lost at any cost.. She is generally serious and patient, but sometimes stubborn
Donna Massey
is a heavy equiptment operator who wants to go back home again.. She is generally humorous and creative, but sometimes shy
Hadar Morales
is a heating mechanic who wants to be free.. He is generally ambitious and humorous, but sometimes blunt
William Ayala
is a paralegal who only wants what is rightfully hers/his.. He is generally honest and determined, but sometimes stubborn
Mary Pierce
is a cafeteria worker who wants to be a star.. She is generally intelligent and warm, but sometimes shy