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.
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...
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