While this technique has been talked about by several names, none seems quite as appropriate as “vomit writing”. It’s the best way I’ve found to break up writer’s block. What you do is set aside some time, 5-10 minutes usually does the trick for me, …
Setting is the time and place where your story takes place. The setting can create a mood, or add interesting facts to your story. These prompts give you a place with a map of the area.
Quebec, Canada - October 1972
(hit refresh to get a new setting)
Take a look at the map above. (You can click on it to open a Google map to zoom in and out, or explore the surrounding area.)
One of the things that can really fuel your story is the relationship between characters. This may be the protagonist and antagonist, but it can also be a relationship between one of your main characters and a minor character, or an subplot between two minor characters.
If you get stuck in the middle of your story, a relationship prompt may give you something to get the story moving again.
Pick two of the characters below and see how many of the questions you can answer with them. (Feel free to substitute one of you own characters if you are already in the middle of a story and trying to get unstuck.)
is a information clerk who wants excitement and adventure, even a little danger.. He is generally accurate and ambitious, but sometimes dull
is a telemarketer who wants to be on the right side when justice prevails. She is generally ambitious and generous, but sometimes contemptuous
is a carpenter who just wants to relax and be left alone.. He is generally logical and enthusiastic, but sometimes dull
is a tour bus driver who wants to be a star.. She is generally warm and enthusiastic, but sometimes pushy
- How did these two meet for the first time?
- What is it that attracts these two to each other?
- What is it that they hate about each other?
- How can they help each other?
- How do they hold each other back?
Find more relationships for your story… hit refresh to get a new prompt.
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 …