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Writing prompts - a short story
Lisa couldn’t believe it. Yes, she’d taken on the challenge to write every day. Yes, she’d promised to try some of these random writing prompts you could generate online. Had she known the outcome would be so outrageous, she’d never have done it. What were you supposed to do with a shipwrecked, cowardly fireman who somehow had anything to do with a music instrument? Was he going to realize that his talents lie elsewhere? Could he somehow manage to use the instrument to call for the help he desperately needed? Befriend it as Tom Hanks befriends a volleyball in Cast Away? If made out of wood, perhaps it could be used to construct a raft.
Lisa shook her head. Writing prompts. At this point even the ice bucket challenge sounded better.
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Grab writing ideas with this creative writing prompt generator
Welcome to The Story Shack's free creative writing prompts generator! Are you in need of a story starter? Then simply click the button above and let the tool generate some great random writing prompt for you. You also don't have to worry if it will work on your iPad, iPhone, Kindle or other smart device, as the plot generator is fully responsive!
This tool is currently capable of generating 2.8 billion random fiction writing prompts , and that is not where we're stopping. Check back frequently for new ideas.
Currently, the writing prompt generator provides the following ideas:
- Word count
- Writing genre
- Character type
- A prop to use
- A sentence
- A bonus assignment
Writing prompts through our story idea generator
Do you need writing inspiration for your next book? A story starter for an upcoming flash fiction journal's competition? Perhaps you simply want to do a writing exercise? This plot generator is a one-stop shop to get the creative juices flowing. Our writing prompt generator provides you with a random prompt that includes a genre, the length of your short story, characters (also try out our character name generator), quotes, props and a bonus assignment.
Story prompts modeled after the 48 Hour Film Project
Writing prompts should be challenging. Because of this, I've modeled this story idea generator after the 48 Hour Film Project model. This film project takes place in many cities throughout the world and challenges storytellers to create a short film within two days. This short film needs to adhere to a number of random prompts that all participants share.
It's always a great challenge and a lot of fun. Hopefully you will have as much fun with the creative writing ideas this tool produces. So get the creative process started, click Generate above and keep clicking it until you have all the writing ideas you'd like.
10 random writing prompts to get you inspired
There's thousands of ideas in this tool. Here are some samples to start:
|Idea #1||Write a 550 word story in the magical realism genre. It's about a genius astronaut and should include a very small television. Also use the sentence 'We can repair this.' Bonus prompt: Your character has lost someone dear.|
|Idea #2||Write a 750 word story in the comedy genre. It's about a courageous fireman and should include an onion. Also use the sentence 'I don't want to ask for too much.' Bonus prompt: Your character is very shy.|
|Idea #3||Write a 900 word story in the children genre. It's about an angel and should include a single earring. Also use the sentence 'What problem?' Bonus prompt: Your character is shipwrecked.|
|Idea #4||Write a 750 word story in the romance genre. It's about a child hater and should include a football. Also use the sentence 'Not for you.' Bonus prompt: Your character has lost someone dear.|
|Idea #5||Write a 1000 word story in the epic genre. It's about a programmer and should include a cowboy hat. Also use the sentence 'Shut up.' Bonus prompt: Your character is hated by everyone.|
|Idea #6||Write a 450 word story in the romance genre. It's about a genius astronaut and should include a pen. Also use the sentence 'I'd like a day without punishing you.' Bonus prompt: Your character is fearless to the point of stupidity.|
|Idea #7||Write a 750 word story in the crime genre. It's about a golfer and should include a whip. Also use the sentence 'Do you enjoy hurting people?' Bonus prompt: Your character is fearless to the point of stupidity.|
|Idea #8||Write a 550 word story in the suspense genre. It's about a single father and should include an old car. Also use the sentence 'You have my permission.' Bonus prompt: Your character is hated by everyone.|
|Idea #9||Write a 850 word story in the magical realism genre. It's about a gamer and should include a very small television. Also use the sentence 'Hello?' Bonus prompt: Your character is shipwrecked.|
|Idea #10||Write a 1000 word story in the suspense genre. It's about a politician and should include a bucket. Also use the sentence 'It's over.' Bonus prompt: Your character has just met the love of his/her life.|
Psst! You can view saved ideas (also offline) in your storage chest!