It’s time for another installment of prompts! This time I’m focusing on story prompts for building your plot and scenes rather than character building ones. These are meant to build up your story by sparking ideas to help you when you feel stuck. This could be for a novel, a short story, a series, a comic, or for building up your character’s backstory.
Below I’ve listed 25 prompts to get your brain ticking and get you back on track with whatever it is you’re working on – or to help you brainstorm a new project.
Have you ever used prompts to start a story? How about adding a sub-plot? Have you tried using character prompts to help you develop your characters? This is the same idea – to help you think of new ideas to create a dynamic story that will keep your audience enthralled. Sometimes all you need is a little push for the new ideas to come flooding in. That’s the entire point of using prompts for creating.
Keep in mind while reading through them that these prompts are great for any creator, not just writers, so take a look and see if there’s anything that you find useful.
Here are 25 story prompts to help get things moving!
- Write a story that takes place in one hour.
- You character pretends to be someone else for a day.
- Walking through the forest, your character finds a small cave. Upon entering it, they find they are surrounded by small creatures, but they can’t find the way back out.
- Write a scene that involves a love letter.
- Your protagonist is possessed by an evil spirit.
- Your protagonist and antagonist get handcuffed together for a day.
- A family heirloom is passed on to your character, but it comes with a dark secret.
- Your protagonist stumbles upon a crime scene.
- A cat follows your character home – then proceeds to speak.
- A cell phone rings from inside a locked drawer in your character’s office.
- Your character meets their spirit animal.
- Tell the story of how your protagonist is captured as a slave in some barbarian country.
- Your protagonist is pulled into a whirlpool in a lake and wakes up in a different world.
- A man drops a key and a folded piece of paper on the table in front of your character as he walks by.
- Your character accidentally walks into the wrong bar and sees something they’ll never forget.
- The sun goes dark, but there is no eclipse.
- Your character gets an unexpected promotion – for a job they don’t want.
- The clerk behind the counter flirts with your character, but your character doesn’t notice until it’s too late.
- Your character is aboard the Titanic as it’s sinking.
- Write about a road trip that goes horribly wrong.
- Write a story about a culture who chooses to live by night rather than day – but aren’t vampires.
- Noah’s Ark has been found, but not where it should have been.
- Write a story in which your protagonist turns out to be the bad guy.
- Your character loses one of their senses temporarily.
- Your find a treasure map and an old ring in your grandfather’s attic.
So how can these help you?
Story prompts are a great way to get your creative gears grinding, and can be a really useful tool when developing your stories. And while prompts tend to be “for writers”, these prompts can be used by anyone creating narratives – and that definitely includes artists!
Like the prompt? Draw something based on it! These are merely meant to be inspiration for creators, without any judgment based on the type of things you create.
Did you find these prompts useful? I have a FREE printable with all 25 of them PLUS 75 more! Click here to get your hands on it!