Fiction Prompts - Ideas for Stories

Three Elements

Choose a set of three elements, and imagine a story that includes all three of them.

  1. a hitchhiker, an allergy, and a mistake in a map.
  2. a cemetery, a missing dog, and a joke that goes too far.
  3. a Halloween costume, a stapler, and a complaint between neighbors.
  4. a stolen phone, a love song, and a bet.
  5. a dance competition, an engagement ring, and a worried parent.
  6. insomnia, a birthday card, and an encounter with someone famous.
  7. an eavesdropper, a secret kiss, and a fire in the kitchen.
  8. a stuck elevator, a pickpocket, and a promise.
  9. a babysitter, a pet snake, and a tow truck.
  10. a lit window, a stamp collection, and someone pretending to be angry.
  11. a dream come true, inappropriate laughter, and something buried.
  12. an abandoned house, false eyelashes, and a lump in the bed.

Character Ideas

Here are 3 ideas you can use to create fictional characters and stories:

  1. Write about a character who pretends to be cool and tough, but is actually shy and sensitive.
  2. Write about a character who is obsessed with certain colors.
  3. Write about a character who secretly plans to leave home and start a new life.
Now, YOU complete the sentences to get even more character ideas:

  1. Write about a character who pretends to be ________, but is actually ________.
  2. Write about a character who is obsessed with ________.
  3. Write about a character who secretly ________.

First Lines

Here are some beginnings for stories or poems. Start with one of these and see where your imagination takes you.

  1. He wasn't at all what I was expecting...
  2. How would we ever get rid of...
  3. She was a wonderful liar...
  4. He hurled the phone against the wall...
  5. The fortuneteller was mistaken...
  6. I crouched behind the sofa...
  7. It was wrapped like a present, but...
  8. I should never have come here...

Twist Endings

Here are some twist endings you can use in your own fiction. See what story ideas they give you...

  1. The detective turns out to be the killer.
  2. The vampire hunter turns out to be another vampire.
  3. It turns out that your character's lover has only pretending to be married as an excuse to avoid a commitment to your character.
  4. The jewel everyone has been fighting over turns out to be a fake.
  5. Your character's main enemy turns out to have been on your character's side the whole time. Your character has been misinterpreting his/her attempts to help him/her.
  6. The murder victim turns out to have faked her own death. She's still alive and playing games with the detective!
  7. Your narrator has been lying to the reader to make himself or herself look better.

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Twist Endings

Here are some twist endings you can use in your own fiction. See what story ideas they give you...

  1. The detective turns out to be the killer.
  2. The vampire hunter turns out to be another vampire.
  3. It turns out that your character's lover has only pretending to be married as an excuse to avoid a commitment to your character.
  4. The jewel everyone has been fighting over turns out to be a fake.
  5. Your character's main enemy turns out to have been on your character's side the whole time. Your character has been misinterpreting his/her attempts to help him/her.
  6. The murder victim turns out to have faked her own death. She's still alive and playing games with the detective!
  7. Your narrator has been lying to the reader to make himself or herself look better.

Three Elements

Choose a set of three elements, and imagine a story that includes all three of them.

  1. a hitchhiker, an allergy, and a mistake in a map.
  2. a cemetery, a missing dog, and a joke that goes too far.
  3. a Halloween costume, a stapler, and a complaint between neighbors.
  4. a stolen phone, a love song, and a bet.
  5. a dance competition, an engagement ring, and a worried parent.
  6. insomnia, a birthday card, and an encounter with someone famous.
  7. an eavesdropper, a secret kiss, and a fire in the kitchen.
  8. a stuck elevator, a pickpocket, and a promise.
  9. a babysitter, a pet snake, and a tow truck.
  10. a lit window, a stamp collection, and someone pretending to be angry.
  11. a dream come true, inappropriate laughter, and something buried.
  12. an abandoned house, false eyelashes, and a lump in the bed.

Character Ideas

Here are 3 ideas you can use to create fictional characters and stories:

  1. Write about a character who pretends to be cool and tough, but is actually shy and sensitive.
  2. Write about a character who is obsessed with certain colors.
  3. Write about a character who secretly plans to leave home and start a new life.
Now, YOU complete the sentences to get even more character ideas:

  1. Write about a character who pretends to be ________, but is actually ________.
  2. Write about a character who is obsessed with ________.
  3. Write about a character who secretly ________.

First Lines

Here are some beginnings for stories or poems. Start with one of these and see where your imagination takes you.

  1. He wasn't at all what I was expecting...
  2. How would we ever get rid of...
  3. She was a wonderful liar...
  4. He hurled the phone against the wall...
  5. The fortuneteller was mistaken...
  6. I crouched behind the sofa...
  7. It was wrapped like a present, but...
  8. I should never have come here...

Ideas for Stories - Next Steps

Sign up for our free e-mail group to receive fiction prompts, writing tips, and Creative Writing Now news.

You can find hundreds of ideas for stories on our website. Here are some links to start with:
Click here to go back to the Creative Writing Ideas Blog.

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