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 Escapade, the Teacher, and the Pleasure

A story that explores identity crisis through sacrificing a lover for the greater good.


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.

Wendover, NV - April 2041


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.

Benjamin Wells
is a middle school teacher who wants the person they love to be happy.. He is generally patient and flexible, but sometimes hard
Sarah Walsh
is a legal assistant who wants to be free.. She is generally ambitious and observant, but sometimes fearful
Evelyn Duncan
is a preschool teacher who wants excitement and adventure, even a little danger.. She is generally flexible and inspiring, but sometimes inflexible
Peter Bennett
is a training and development specialist who wants to be more human.. He is generally serious and accurate, but sometimes intolerant
Levi Sutton
is a receptionist who wants to make everyone happy.. He is generally ambitious and dedicated, but sometimes loose-tongued
Queen Chase
is a production supervisor who wants to find a purpose in life.. She is generally persuasive and independent, but sometimes complaining