Fun story prompt ideas

We’ve been having a Young Authors Camp at my house this week, and during the day we usually have two different writing prompts that the young authors write a short story from.


As a project, they had to come up with writing prompts;

the next day, they had to use one of the prompts they created.

Here’s what they came up with:

  • You are locked up somewhere and you need to get out. You are chained to a wall or locked in a room.
  • An adventure takes place on a secret island; what do you see there?
  • Write a story about an animal you would like to shape shift to
  • A knight tries to fight a dragon but the dragon does not want to fight back
  • An assassin is hired to kill someone you love and you must decide whether or not to kill the assassin.
  • Any animal or any creature can talk but only to you.
  • A magical orb falls from space and grants you special abilities.
  • Four dragon babies were separated from their mother and they must be returned – or else.
  • A scary noise in the next room – I don’t know what it is, but it sounds bad.
  • You go to the pet store and you see something cool. You buy it, but it is hard to take care of.
  • A superhero is dying because of… something.

I liked the list and refined it into a few faves that we used (ten was too many).

  1. You go to a friend’s house for a sleepover. You wake up in the middle of the night; your friend is gone, you are in a different house, and it is guarded by a dragon.
  2. On the first day at a new school, you accidentally discover your teacher is secretly a monster.
  3. On a vacation, you take sailing lessons. A storm comes and blows you away to a secret island where find an animal or any creature that can talk but only to you.

What do you think?

What writing prompt could YOU come up with? List yours below!

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This blog has long been a friendly place to come and learn, and what better way to learn than to ask?

You have questions. Writer stuff, marketing, motivation, you name it.


Your questions. Your challenges. Your issues.

If I don’t know, we’ll put it out to my vast network of author friends and get an answer. Or I’ll make something up.


Many people helped me when I was starting out because I was willing to ask what I needed to know.

That shortened my learning curve substantially.

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So go ahead. Ask me anything.

What’s the best thing here?

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I have this writing contest going on, and it’s tricky what to say about it.

I’ve seen these contests change people’s lives!

More or less.

If I say, “Hey, we are getting more entries to date than ever before!” – does that scare people away because they think they’ll have less of a chance to win?

If I say, “Wow, we aren’t getting many entries so far” – does that scare people away because they think, well, if the contest isn’t getting a lot of entries, it’s a dud and I shouldn’t waste my time?

It’s a dilemma.

I’ll say this.

Yes, so far it appears we are getting more entries TO DATE than in prior contests.

That doesn’t really mean anything, though, because most of you guys wait until the last minute to send your stuff in, so right now I have no idea if I’m about to get a flash flood or a dry river bed.

I could say that overall the stories are better so far and it looks like our best group yet

…except for fairness reasons, I haven’t started reading them yet.  That’s not me being a procrastinator (although that’s always a potential factor) but rather, if I read a story on July 2 and another one on July 31, it’s harder for me to remember the first one and compare them evenly. So even though it seems like procrastination, and to a certain degree it is (possibly a large degree), it’s also the best way for me to be fair.

Do I expect the contest to change your life? Hard to say, but let’s go with yes. Because it kinda has for quite a few people who’ve entered/

I think.

So I’ll say everything looks good.

The stories I’ve sneaked a peek at look good.

The quality of the writing by people in the Private Critique Group is through the roof. I’m loving working with you guys. (That’s a totally separate issue, and not related to the contest at all, but still worth sharing.)

Okay that’s it.

Enter the contest. It will change your life.



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