Stay informed about the latest competitions, competition winners and latest news! A shy, young woman unexpectedly bumps into her soulmate (literally bumps into him). What happens next is one of the most famous encounters with a monstrous criminal in short fiction. Tell bad drivers, rude customers, and evil dictators how grateful you are for what they’ve done.
Some of those fragments contain surprising elements: fossils that prove life exists elsewhere in the galaxy, for example. In another, they both reach for the last pair of gloves at the department store. General Short Story IdeasOur first batch of story ideas are for any kind of story, whether a spy thriller or a memoir of your personal life. Think for a few moments about a moment in your life when you were wounded, whether physically or emotionally. An asteroid and a meteoroid collide near Earth, and fragments rain down onto the planet’s surface, wreaking havoc. Monsters, whether people who do monstrous things or scaly beasts or a monster of a natural disaster, reveal what’s really inside a person. Beside the fact that they are characters in some of the bestselling stories of all time? Instead of arguing, you take that as a challenge and come up with an elaborate story as to what happened to your homework. You can use them as writing prompts for writing contests, for stories to publish in literary magazines, or just for fun!
We receive an overwhelming positive feedback each year from the teachers, parents and students who have involvement in these competitions and publications, and we will continue to strive to attain this level of excellence with each competition we hold. Your character suspects her husband is having an affair and decides to spy on him. Writers love orphans, and statistically they appear in stories far more often than in the world. At the airport, a stranger offers your character money to carry a mysterious package onto the plane. Read your story through once, without changing anything, to get a sense of what work it needs going forward. Luckily, I have several books and other writing resources that are packed with writing exercises and creative writing prompts. Extreme challenge: combine three of the elements with one of the other short story ideas on this page. Who hasn’t been longing to get to a destination only to be delayed by something unexpected? What happens next is an awkward, endearing conversation between the future lovers. But instead of bringing your mom to the celebration, your father brings someone else—and tells you that this woman is actually your mother.
Choose a set of three elements and write a story that contains all three of them! A kid comes out of the school bathroom with toilet paper dangling from his or her waistband. At a Chinese restaurant, your character opens his fortune cookie and reads the following message: “Your life is in danger. Use these story starters on their own or to get ideas for the CWN online writing courses. Get daily creative writing prompts for your short story, fiction or nonfiction novel, essay and more at WritersDigest. Revisit your earliest memories of learning about faith, religion, or spirituality. Silvery flakes drifted downward, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon.
Instead of going to the police, your character decides to take matters into her own hands. Instinctively, you rush to that office to see smoke and fire all around the door. Orphans are uniquely vulnerable, and as such, they have the most potential for growth.
You’ll find hundreds of fun writing prompts here – perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout. The character should be surprised to be in unfamiliar territory, but should interact with the other characters and, if possible, help them solve a problem. Take your favorite TV show character of all time and put him or her into a different show that you enjoy.