Story Ideas About Mistakes and More...

Below are some story ideas about mistakes. At the bottom of the page, you'll find links to writing prompts on a variety of topics.

1) Your character accidentally takes her husband's/wife's phone to work instead of his/her own. A text message comes through on the phone which appears to be a message from a lover. Is your character's husband/wife having an affair? Your character decides to find out. Pretending to be his/her husband/wife, your character sends a message back, proposing a meeting...

2) Your character is excited to be invited to a costume party where Chris will be too. For years, your character has loved Chris from afar, but she hopes that this party will provide an opportunity for them to get closer. When she arrives at the party, her eyes instantly go to a tall man dressed as a medieval knight whom she recognizes as Chris. The fact that they're both wearing masks makes her feel less shy, and she approaches him and starts a conversation. They spend the whole evening talking and dancing, and finally make a date for the following weekend. As she's leaving the party, she's shocked to find Chris sitting on the front porch, dressed as Elvis Presley. Who is the man she spent the evening with?

3) Your character lends his car to a friend, who then crashes it and dies. The police find that the brakes have been cut. Did someone attempt to murder your character and end up killing the wrong person? While the police suspect your character of murdering his friend, your character fears that someone else is trying to murder HIM. But who, and why?

4) One evening, your character's doorbell rings. A woman is standing at the door who looks very familiar, although at first your character can't recall who she is. Then your character realizes that she met this woman in the maternity ward seven years ago when they were both giving birth. The woman says that she's discovered a mistake was made in the hospital, and she was given the wrong baby. She saw a picture of your character's son on Facebook and noticed that he looks exactly like her own husband. She thinks her baby was switched with your character's and wants to have genetic tests done to find out for sure. She talks as if they could just fix the mistake by switching the children back. But your character's son is seven years old now, and your character loves him...

More story ideas

1) Your character has a parrot that can repeat words that it hears. Lately, it has picked up some disturbing language. It sounds as if it's threatening your character! Who has been teaching it these phrases?

2) Your character is having dinner with her best friend Kate and Kate's boyfriend James. At one point, when Kate is out of the room, James tries forcefully to kiss your character, who pushes him away just before Kate returns. Later that evening, Kate announces that she and James are engaged to be married. Your character doesn't know what to do. She feels as if she should warn Kate, but she's afraid Kate will never forgive her for destroying her happiness. At the end of the evening, James proposes that the three of them should spend the weekend together at his family's beach house. "What a great idea!" Kate says...

3) The bus drops off your young character and his friends at summer camp. They walk up the drive to the cabins and find them deserted. The main lodge is empty too. No one seems to be here at all...

4) Walking past the windows of a café, your character is startled to see his/her former boyfriend/girlfriend Chris. But that's impossible! Chris died several years ago -- at least, that's what your character had believed...

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