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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. 

A market in Sandpoint

A story that explores pride through remorse for an imagined crime.


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.

Albany, GA - July 1985


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.

Nicholas Foote
is a librarian who wants to protect a loved one.. He is generally accurate and versatile, but sometimes inflexible
Hailey Costa
is a teaching assistant who wants to be a star.. She is generally optimistic and creative, but sometimes arrogant
Mary Lou Knott
is a training and development specialist who wants to find what was lost at any cost.. She is generally forceful and spontaneous, but sometimes undisciplined
Robert Draper
is a parking lot attendant who wants to find a purpose in life.. He is generally independent and straight-forward, but sometimes blunt
Jesse Kester
is a childcare worker who wants to repay a debt that can't be repaid.. He is generally independent and orderly, but sometimes aggressive
Lilo Kent
is a heavy equiptment operator who wants to be admired.. She is generally flexible and ambitious, but sometimes obstructive