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  • Only for the Timid

    Your character is timid by nature, and they have some challenge to overcome. Can they do it? If not, why not? If so, how do they manage it?

    Posted 2 years ago 0 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 2 years 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 3 years ago 2 stories
  • Cake!

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

    Posted 5 years 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 4 years ago 3 stories
  • "Dream" Job

    Write a story where a character gets paid to sleep.

    Posted 3 years ago 3 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 3 years ago 0 stories
  • 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 4 years ago 3 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 7 years ago 17 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 5 years ago 1 story
  • 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 2 years ago 2 stories
  • Screaming and Threats

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

    Posted 4 years ago 0 stories
  • 2nd Person

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

    Posted 4 years ago 1 story
  • 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 2 years ago 3 stories
  • The Outcast...

    Write a story from the point of view of an outcast.

    Posted 5 years ago 3 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 3 years ago 2 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 2 years 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 2 years ago 2 stories
  • 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 5 years ago 2 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 5 years ago 1 story
  • 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 3 years ago 3 stories
  • 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 7 years ago 0 stories
  • Ficlyrically

    Write a story (any length) consisting entirely of song lyrics or titles.

    Optionally (and space permitting), list the musicians you've plagiarised...

    Posted 5 years ago 3 stories
  • Are you mad because I got it from him/her?

    Write a story where this is the theme, stated of unstated (your choice). All genres and characters welcome.

    Posted 3 years ago 2 stories
  • "It wasn't a gate."

    A commenter on a writing blog woke up in the middle of the night and opened a doc to record their thoughts. In the morning they looked back at their remembered genius. It contained four words: It wasn't a gate. They can't remember what it means.

    Tell us.

    Posted 3 years ago 2 stories