Popular prompts

  • The Future

    Write a story taking place in the future. It can be utopian or dystopian, space opera or cyberpunk, soft or hard - all I ask is that it takes place noticeably in the future, and ideally couldn't take place now without massive revision.

    Posted 4 years ago 0 stories
  • Isolation

    The theme with this one is isolation. Interpret it however you please. Maybe they've long since gone insane from being alone, or maybe this could be the start of them being alone.

    Posted 1 month ago 3 stories
  • A period of time...

    You must start your story with "It had been fourteen days." but it can be whatever genre and subject matter you desire.

    Posted 7 months ago 4 stories
  • Dear Diary

    Make a character's diary entry. It should include a date, or a beginning like "Dear Diary" that makes it clear that it's written in a diary, but otherwise, write whatever you want.

    Posted 1 month ago 2 stories
  • Cake!

    One person gifts a cake to a complete stranger in the park. A conversation ensues.

    Posted 2 years ago 3 stories
  • Raining

    Start your story with "It's been raining for two days straight". Where you take the story after that is up to you.

    Posted 1 month ago 2 stories
  • It's Nothing Personal

    Write a story with this as the theme or a statement in the story itself.

    Whatever happens, it's not personal, is it?

    Posted 11 months ago 3 stories
  • A Promise

    Whatever your story, it must include a promise. One that was kept, or one that was broken. Remembered forever or long forgotten. Any sort of promise will do.

    Posted 7 months ago 2 stories
  • The man in the hourglass

    A few years ago I wrote a short story about a man trapped inside an hourglass. Sadly, I can't find it anymore. But perhaps you could write a new one!

    Write a story about someone (not necessarily a man or a human being) trapped inside an hourglass.

    Posted 1 year ago 2 stories
  • DIY Three-Word Prompt

    In the nearest book to hand, find:

    The seventh word on page 12

    The tenth word on page 37

    The 30th word on page 64

    Write a story or a poem that uses all of these words, contextualizing them and providing a conclusion of some sort.

    Vary at will.

    Posted 5 years ago 5 stories
  • A Countdown for Another

    Imagine your first person narrator being aware of any kind of countdown (time, quantity, etc.) that is important to someone else; present the narrator's feelings about the event and its meaning for the other person.

    Posted 5 years ago 3 stories
  • Morality

    The subject of your story should involve a character doing something against their usual moral alignment, whether they're a normally good individual who's fallen to the dark side or something else.

    Posted 2 months ago 4 stories
  • Maho Shojo

    Given powers, responsibilities, and enemies that they don't fully understand, Magical Girls are often in over their heads. Whether trying to balance a normal life and their powered one, or saving people in general, their lives are messy. Tell me your stor…

    Posted 10 months ago 0 stories
  • Waking Up

    Everyone always says to never beginning a story with the main character waking up, but that's exactly what this prompt is going to ask you to do. Start the story with the protagonist waking up. What they wake up to, however, is all up to the writer.

    Posted 2 months ago 2 stories
  • Collective names for animals, real and otherwise

    I am positively inclined toward collective animal names. Use one (real or that you made up) in a story. Here is a short list. More are out there if these aren't to taste. https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/99-strange-collective-animal-names

    Posted 1 year ago 2 stories
  • Six words

    The classic six-word story. Make it classy, make it memorable. Make it in six words.

    You may need to pad with ..... in order to beat the minimum-length pixies.

    Posted 4 years ago 17 stories
  • "Dream" Job

    Write a story where a character gets paid to sleep.

    Posted 1 year ago 3 stories
  • This Ain't No Fairy Tale, Sweetheart

    If a dream is a wish your heart makes, then this is an oath sworn by your deepest fears.

    Posted 2 years ago 1 story
  • A Sci-Fi Story Starter...

    Your story must begin with the following...

    "Klaxons. Klaxons everywhere. Truly this was it."

    Feel free to wrap in any other genres you like.

    Posted 1 year ago 3 stories
  • Dragonships Return

    From Twitter, Jennifer Shelby writes, "They arrived in ships like dragons, breathing fire, and that is how we knew they'd been here before."

    Who are they?

    Posted 2 years ago 3 stories
  • The Day I Died

    Write a story about a character talking about when they died. They can be a ghost, or be in heaven, or anything else, so long as they died.

    Posted 3 months ago 1 story
  • 2nd Person

    Write something in the second person point of view. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narration#Second-person

    Posted 2 years ago 1 story
  • Screaming and Threats

    "It was mostly screaming and threats after that..."

    Posted 2 years ago 0 stories
  • An Emotion

    See if you can convey an emotion without any reference to the feeling itself. Think about how the emotion makes you feel, what it does to your body.

    Most of all, think of Disney xxx

    Posted 3 years ago 1 story
  • The Price of Hunting Monsters

    Monster hunting takes it's toll on on the hunters in the form of strained relationships, bodily injury (up to and including death), the doubts that they are doing any good at all. Show the price that a hunter is paying.

    Posted 3 years ago 2 stories