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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 650 word story in the suspense genre. It's about an envious sister and should include a watch. Also use the sentence 'Hello?' Bonus prompt: There is a great storm.|
|Idea #2||Write a 600 word story in the epic genre. It's about a loving grandfather and should include a guitar. Also use the sentence 'Everyone keeps ignoring me.' Bonus prompt: The Sun is failing.|
|Idea #3||Write a 950 word story in the comedy genre. It's about a child hater and should include a lightbulb. Also use the sentence 'Everyone keeps ignoring me.' Bonus prompt: There seems to be no one left on the planet.|
|Idea #4||Write a 300 word story in the magical realism genre. It's about a beast and should include a single earring. Also use the sentence 'No need.' Bonus prompt: The story takes place two-hundred years from now.|
|Idea #5||Write a 100 word story in the children genre. It's about a hunter and should include a rowing boat. Also use the sentence 'Sorry I hung up on you, I didn't mean to answer the call.' Bonus prompt: Your character is imprisoned.|
|Idea #6||Write a 150 word story in the crime genre. It's about a lonely farmer and should include ice cream. Also use the sentence 'How do you feel?' Bonus prompt: Your character is dying.|
|Idea #7||Write a 300 word story in the crime genre. It's about a desperate girlfriend and should include a window. Also use the sentence 'No need.' Bonus prompt: There is a great storm.|
|Idea #8||Write a 50 word story in the seasonal genre. It's about a heart-broken lover and should include a pen. Also use the sentence 'How do you take it?' Bonus prompt: Your character is very shy.|
|Idea #9||Write a 450 word story in the seasonal genre. It's about a penniless writer and should include popcorn. Also use the sentence 'Do not leave me.' Bonus prompt: The Sun is failing.|
|Idea #10||Write a 750 word story in the magical realism genre. It's about a barista and should include a fridge. Also use the sentence 'Sorry I hung up on you, I didn't mean to answer the call.' Bonus prompt: The Sun is failing.|
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