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 Mistake, the Business, and the Hour

A story that explores power and significance of names through sacrificing self for sake of duty.


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.

Champaign, IL - August 1937


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.

Lucas Morales
is a nurses aide who wants to discover new things for the sake of knowledge.. He is generally friendly and forceful, but sometimes bossy
Marissa Walton
is a engineering manager who wants the person they love to be happy.. She is generally ambitious and ambitious, but sometimes reckless
Addison Reynolds
is a prison guard who wants to be on the right side when justice prevails. She is generally intelligent and disciplined, but sometimes inflexible
Emmett Wise
is a auditor who lives for the thrill of moment.. He is generally tactful and intelligent, but sometimes lazy
T.J. Atkins
is a construction supervisor who wants to make a difference in the world.. He is generally logical and respectful, but sometimes pushy
Deborah Knight
is a construction manager who wants to prove how good s/he is to others.. She is generally intelligent and friendly, but sometimes stand-offish