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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 accordion and A mound

A story that explores envy through sacrificing a fortune for passion.


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.

Augusta, ME - October 2031


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.

Justice Nutter
is a management analyst who wants to fulfill a prophecy.. He is generally creative and determined, but sometimes blunt
Elizabeth Frame
is a coach who has forgotten what s/he wants.. She is generally forceful and patient, but sometimes naive
Morgan Tomlin
is a secretary who wants to make a difference in the world.. She is generally generous and warm, but sometimes pushy
James Vann
is a production worker who wants to be strong so no one can hurt him/her.. He is generally humorous and ambitious, but sometimes aggressive
Aladdin Hinson
is a restaurant host/hostess who wants to turn fantasies into reality.. He is generally trustworthy and creative, but sometimes shallow
Diana Hay
is a insurance claim processing clerk who wants to be strong so no one can hurt him/her.. She is generally logical and accurate, but sometimes cynical