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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 essay and A brow

A story that explores pride and downfall through an overthrown ruler.


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.

Instanbul, Turkey - May 1933


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.

William Osborne
is a kindergarten teacher who wants to find a purpose in life.. He is generally honest and considerate, but sometimes stand-offish
Janet Weller
is a legal secretary who wants to be the person everyone else envies.. She is generally tolerant and versatile, but sometimes aggressive
Tearah Coon
is a telemarketer who wants to be unique and original.. She is generally honest and inspiring, but sometimes wasteful
Mason Montoya
is a bank teller who is determined to survive against any opposition.. He is generally accurate and warm, but sometimes chaotic
Nicholas Swann
is a housekeeping supervisor who wants to be unique and original.. He is generally patient and honest, but sometimes dull
Patti Burris
is a firefighter who will do anything for his/her next meal.. She is generally trustworthy and warm, but sometimes selfish