Fiction Prompts - Ideas for Stories

Here are some ideas for stories you can write. At the bottom of the page, you'll find links to more fiction prompts and story ideas.

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...

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