Fiction Prompts - Ideas for Stories
Choose a set of three elements, and imagine a story that includes all three of them.
- a hitchhiker, an allergy, and a mistake in a map.
- a cemetery, a missing dog, and a joke that goes too far.
- a Halloween costume, a stapler, and a complaint between neighbors.
- a stolen phone, a love song, and a bet.
- a dance competition, an engagement ring, and a worried parent.
- insomnia, a birthday card, and an encounter with someone famous.
- an eavesdropper, a secret kiss, and a fire in the kitchen.
- a stuck elevator, a pickpocket, and a promise.
- a babysitter, a pet snake, and a tow truck.
- a lit window, a stamp collection, and someone pretending to be angry.
- a dream come true, inappropriate laughter, and something buried.
- an abandoned house, false eyelashes, and a lump in the bed.
Here are 3 ideas you can use to create fictional characters and stories:
- Write about a character who pretends to be cool and tough, but is actually shy and sensitive.
- Write about a character who is obsessed with certain colors.
- 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:
- Write about a character who pretends to be ________, but is actually ________.
- Write about a character who is obsessed with ________.
- Write about a character who secretly ________.
Here are some beginnings for stories or poems. Start with one of these and see where your imagination takes you.
- He wasn't at all what I was expecting...
- How would we ever get rid of...
- She was a wonderful liar...
- He hurled the phone against the wall...
- The fortuneteller was mistaken...
- I crouched behind the sofa...
- It was wrapped like a present, but...
- I should never have come here...
Here are some twist endings you can use in your own fiction. See what story ideas they give you...
- The detective turns out to be the killer.
- The vampire hunter turns out to be another vampire.
- It turns out that your character's lover has only pretending to be married as an excuse to avoid a commitment to your character.
- The jewel everyone has been fighting over turns out to be a fake.
- 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.
- The murder victim turns out to have faked her own death. She's still alive and playing games with the detective!
- Your narrator has been lying to the reader to make himself or herself look better.
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