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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. 

Michelina's piercing women

A story that explores lust through an innocent fugitive from justice.


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.

Beckley, WV - July 1954


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.

Isaac Horvath
is a school bus driver who just wants sex.. He is generally versatile and versatile, but sometimes inflexible
Rachel Alcantar
is a security guard who wants to prove his/her femininity.. She is generally enthusiastic and flexible, but sometimes bossy
Ashley Mccray
is a community association manager who wants to make the world a better place, at any cost.. She is generally orderly and open, but sometimes fearful
Calvin Mcmillen
is a sewing machine operator who wants to be ahead of the crowd.. He is generally orderly and straight-forward, but sometimes hard
William Lackey
is a claims investigator who wants to prove how good s/he is to others.. He is generally appreciative and enthusiastic, but sometimes stand-offish
Kylie Waters
is a diesel mechanic who wants to turn fantasies into reality.. She is generally straight-forward and independent, but sometimes reckless