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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10 thoughts on “Fun story prompt ideas

    1. I thought my teacher friends might think that. View it more like a cartoon blob or R. L. Stine character situation, not like a mean teacher.

      For the record, none of the kids chose that one.

  1. Here’s one: you wake up
    in the morning and you’re in your bed in your house. Everything in your environment is the same, but your family is totally different.

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