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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. 

From the alphabet

A story that explores manipulation through the burning desire for promotion.


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.

Concord, NH - January 2043


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.

Klaus Saavedra
is a paramedic who wants to make everyone happy.. He is generally considerate and spontaneous, but sometimes fearful
Jody Hasty
is a printing press operator who wants to show loyalty to a mentor.. She is generally self-assured and orderly, but sometimes shallow
Kacy Bearden
is a administrative services manager who lives for the thrill of moment.. She is generally tolerant and caring, but sometimes contemptuous
Andrew Merino
is a zookeeper who is determined to survive against any opposition.. He is generally creative and practical, but sometimes pushy
Finn Keel
is a fast food cook who wants nothing more than to stay home.. He is generally practical and idealistic, but sometimes indifferent
Latasha Lawrence
is a information clerk who wants to find a purpose in life.. She is generally idealistic and enthusiastic, but sometimes chaotic