Story Ideas About Siblings and More...

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Story Starters about the Five Senses

SIGHT: Your character has a new girlfriend, who is blind -- at least, that's what she's led your character to believe believe. Recently, your character is noticing signs that she might actually be able to see. What's going on? Why would someone pretend to be blind?

HEARING: Recently, your character has been hearing strange noises in the house. Sometimes it sounds like someone sobbing; other times, she thinks she can make out words, or names. "Mary," she heard once. "Mary, please, no." She can't figure out where the sounds are coming from. She doesn't know anyone named Mary. And her husband claims not to hear anything at all...

SMELL: A week ago, your character's sister disappeared while hiking in the woods. The police searched the woods and didn't find her. But your character isn't satisfied. He goes to his sister's house and gets her dog Buster, then drives to the woods in the hope that Buster might pick up her scent...

TOUCH: Your character goes on a camping trip with her friend and the friend's boyfriend. In the middle of the night, she wakes up in the dark tent and feels a hand on her arm. She touches the hand -- it's her friend's. Then the friend's finger starts moving over her arm, and your character realizes that she's drawing the shape of letters, that she's trying to tell her something...

TASTE: Your character's new stepmother brings him a glass of orange juice with a funny taste. About an hour later, he starts to feel dizzy, and he spends the whole weekend sick in bed. The next week, she has to go on a business trip for several days, and he starts to feel better while she's away. Then she comes back and makes dinner for him and his father, and when he takes a sip of his milk, he notices that funny taste again. Your character is beginning to have suspicions, but what can he do? His father would never believe him...

Story Starters About Animals

Your character desperately wants to get back together with his ex-girlfriend. When he hears that her dog has gone missing, he sees an opportunity. He decides to find the dog and win her back.

Your character has a phobia about spiders. After an argument with his roommate, he keeps finding spiders around their apartment. He doesn't believe it's a coincidence...

Your character's a child whose mother is about to get married. Unfortunately, the husband-to-be is allergic to dogs. Your character has a dog which she loves and doesn't want to give up. She decides her only option is to break up the relationship...

Someone, or something, has been killing pets in the neighborhood. Your character, a pet owner, decides to get to the bottom of it...

Your character and her daughter are camping. They take a walk in the woods, and when they get back to the tent, there's a bear standing outside it. Your character and her daughter get in their car, lock the doors, and wait for the bear to go away. But the bear shows no signs of going away. Your character's daughter's on medication, which she needs to take at regular times, and they left the medicine in the tent...

Your character has fallen in love with an apartment and decides to rent it. Unfortunately for your character, a pet owner, there's a no pets allowed rule. Your character decides to keep his pet hidden, but the pet doesn't want to cooperate...

Story Starters About Siblings

Your character is under suspicion for a crime she didn't commit. Her husband and parents all think she's guilty, and her whole life seems to be falling apart. She knows who did commit the crime -- her brother, whom she adores. If she tells the truth, he'll go to jail. Will she take the blame for him?

Your character and her husband are desperate to adopt a baby. After many months, they finally get the news they've been hoping for: a pregnant woman has chosen them to adopt her baby when it's born. But they're not expecting her to have twins. Your character thinks it's wrong to separate them and wants to adopt them both, but her husband only wants one child. What will they do?

Your character's best friend married your character's brother. Now, they're in the process of a messy divorce, and they want your character to take sides...

Your character's brother has always been their parents' favorite. Your character decides it's time to change that. He comes up with a devious plan...

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