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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 deficient Life of Shaunta Moffett

A story that explores progress (reality or illusion?) through avenging the dishonor of a family member by another family member.


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.

Kabul, Afghanistan - September 1968


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.

Juan Liles
is a wholesale sales representative who just wants to be good for goodness sake.. He is generally disciplined and idealistic, but sometimes indifferent
Lucy Corley
is a lumper who wants to avoid being hurt.. She is generally logical and disciplined, but sometimes shy
Hope Ledford
is a housekeeping supervisor who wants to turn fantasies into reality.. She is generally flexible and friendly, but sometimes shallow
T.J. Kirkpatrick
is a construction equipment operator who wants to be recognized and appreciated - because s/he deserves it!. He is generally tolerant and independent, but sometimes short-sighted
Marcus Langford
is a post-secondary teacher who tries to do good, but uses questionable methods to do it.. He is generally enthusiastic and determined, but sometimes aggressive
Amanda Whitehurst
is a school bus driver who wants power at any cost.. She is generally observant and tactful, but sometimes moody