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55 Of The Best Young Adult Creative Writing Prompts

You’re looking for some creative story ideas for teenagers, maybe because you want to write YA fiction, or maybe because you know someone else who does.

Welcome to our inspired collection of 55 writing prompts for young adults . 

You’ll find a variety of characters and scenarios to play with. Choose from different themed groups to find your next story idea more quickly. 

Start with one that feels personal to you. Then make it familiar to your reader. 

55 Of The Best YA Writing Prompts

We’ve done our research to give you 55 of the best teen fiction ideas . As the writer, you’re free to change any details as you see fit, to make the story more personal to you and more believable to your ideal reader. 

YA Fantasy Writing Prompts

1. While learning the true identities of the nursing home residents, a teen volunteer discovers something unexpected about her own and meets an unusual mentor. 

2. A teen shifter who was told her twin sister died in childbirth discovers the truth when she escapes her house at night to shift and go for a run. 

3. Two teens secretly crushing on each other create a fantasy world for a school writing project and suddenly find themselves lost in it. 

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4. Anonymous notes in a teen’s locker lead them to a rendezvous with someone who knows their secret identity and wants their help exposing some of the faculty.

5. At her 16th birthday, Maeve accepts her aunt’s gift of a chance to see some of her past lives. She learns why the face of one of her classmates feels so familiar. 

6. A teen girl learns the true meaning behind the mark she was born with. Now, she must choose between two teachers with very different ideas about magic’s uses.

7. A teen mage turns heads when it becomes obvious she’s even more powerful than her well-known parents (RIP). Her BFF warns her about rumors going around.

8. Lucia never learned how to swim and is nervous around pools, so when someone shoves her into one at a friend’s birthday party, she’s not prepared for her own transformation. Someone else at the party is. 

9. A college freshman finds refuge on the dormitory roof until another student starts hanging out there to practice magic. They agree to keep each other’s secrets. 

10. It’s not easy being a shapeshifter whose human form is a teen paralyzed from the waist down. Only in her other, terrifying form is she able to move freely. 

11. A teen takes in a stray cat who follows her home. The same cat leads her to an abandoned house where she learns a secret about her past — and her identity.

12. Petra decides to go to the prom in a tux as her cousin’s “date,” and, manifesting abilities she didn’t know she had, she stops a guy from committing date rape.

13. Isa died and came back to life ten years ago. Now, she learns that a tree was involved in her coming back, and recent strange experiences begin to make sense. 

14. Whenever she’s under duress, a strange song plays in her mind. When she says the words aloud, strange things happen. And this time, she’s the only survivor. 

15. A teen switches bodies with her 50-year-old neighbor and learns disturbing truths when looking through the woman’s possessions. Meanwhile her teen body is up to nothing good. 

16. At your first job, you witness strange phenomena, but your boss tells you to keep your head down and check things off the list . Too curious, you find a hiding spot.

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17. Soraya, a withdrawn sophomore, turns 16 and starts seeing an unfamiliar face in her dreams. A new “exchange student” comes to class, and she meets the face..  

18. She wants to meet her birth mother, and he’s willing to drive her there in secrecy. They end up stranded together when his car breaks down 100 miles from home.

19. A teen glrl develops a flair for cosplay and takes on the personalities of the characters she becomes. One of these character’s fans pursues her.

20. A teen growing up in a devout Christian home falls for an outspoken atheist and grapples with her religious beliefs and sexual orientation. 

21. She sees his face in her head and doesn’t know why he’s so important to her. They’ll never meet. Only when she writes about him does he come alive and speak to her.

22. Two young athletes on competing teams develop romantic feelings for each other. Their coaches are bitter rivals.  

23. A quiet, hardworking student by day, Dax takes on a different identity at night. And that’s when he meets the only person who can help him find balance. 

24. Sixteen-year-old Tess is the butt of cruel “fat” jokes until a boy humiliates the jokers and walks her home. They see each other and become more than friends. 

25. Declan McGregor never thought he’d take in a stray , but when “Boss” follows him home, he decides to help the mutt, whose human turns out to be his nemesis. 

26. A reclusive junior develops a crush on a flirt , who befriends her, only to find out he was acting on a dare. Then she finds out who dared him and why. 

27. She gives good advice through an anonymous advice column in the school paper, but when she meets one of the students she “helped,” she realizes her mistake and tries to fix it.

28. A quiet girl who keeps her home life secret takes up boxing and becomes more confident and outspoken, drawing the attention of someone who knows her family.

29. An asexual teen starts questioning her identity when she responds in surprising ways to a face that keeps showing up in her dreams. Then she meets the face. 

30. Working her first night shift, an 18-year-old discovers a secret passageway in her employer’s office — and ends up encountering his socially awkward son. 

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Prompts for Coming of Age Story Ideas

31. A teen with Asperger’s finds an unexpected friendship with one of the popular kids after standing up to a bully and ending up in the principal’s office.

32. An infamous teen flirt stands up for a trans boy when classmates play a cruel prank on him. They befriend another student whose home life is dangerously chaotic.

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33. A boy learns something terrible about his parents and confronts them about it. They send him to live with his uncle in New York, where he meets his first crush.

34. As a child, she wandered away from home and was brought back by a friendly stranger. Now, she learns the family she’s known for most of her life stole her. 

35. As a teen apprentice to a 15th-century artist , your work experience challenges childhood beliefs, especially when you develop a crush on one of the models. 

36. You’re coming of age in Victorian England , and your parents want you to marry someone you dislike. Meanwhile, the butler’s son has been your friend for years. 

37. A city kid struggles to adjust to life in a farming community when his parents move back to his mom’s hometown after his dad disappears. 

38. Her boyfriend just told her he’s been drafted for the Vietnam war, and “we might never see each other again.” She writes to him as her teen pregnancy progresses. 

39. A teen stows away on a ship to escape his oppressive government after his family is killed to set an example. He becomes a valuable member of the crew. 

40. A homeless teen finds a secret hiding place in the library that leads to an abandoned underground network of tunnels, where some have made a life.

41. A sheltered teen befriends a refugee who challenges the ideas she picked up from her family. When ICE comes to the school, she risks everything to help him.

42. Growing up as a plantation slave was hard enough before his only parent mysteriously disappeared. Now, he and another will risk everything to escape.

43. You want to believe your parents when they tell you they’ve been abducted by aliens, but your whole school knows about it and whispers behind your back. 

Contemporary YA Writing Prompts

44. A popular student whose parents work as youth pastors learns something during a scouting trip and decides to come out one evening at a youth group meeting. 

45. A high school junior is raped by her popular boyfriend and falls into a deep depression when she’s blamed for it by everyone but her best friend. 

46. When a social outcast moves to a new school, she changes her whole look and creates a new “life history.” She becomes popular, but the truth catches up.

47. An adopted girl finds out she’s from a set of fraternal triplets; her siblings happen to be the “mean girls” making her life as a freshman miserable. 

48. A high school junior struggles with her academic workload while doing their best to protect their younger siblings from their abusive parent. 

49. A sophomore struggling to provide for his siblings grows marijuana and sells it to customers on the dark web, while providing some to his ailing grandfather.

50. A freshman with a knack for app development creates an app that makes her the most popular student and attracts the attention of the government. 

51. Her older brother was dead, and the cop who killed him wasn’t charged. Her brother’s crime? Walking alone through a white neighborhood. 

52. A teen born in the U.S. to immigrant parents is graduating with her class when ICE shows up to arrest her parents, and she can do nothing to stop their deportation. 

53. Your dream is to become a famous tattoo artist, creating inspired designs for wealthy patrons. An unpopular neighbor gives you your first tattoo. 

54. A teen who just wants to be “normal” struggles with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and befriends a classmate struggling with addiction recovery. They make a pact. 

55. One teen hospitalized with anorexia goes through eating disorder treatment and wonders if she’ll ever feel happy or even functional again. More than anything, she wants to go back to residential care, where she felt happiest.

Ready to write your YA novel?

Now that you have 55 young adult creative writing prompts to choose from, which one makes you want to stop everything and write? 

You’ve heard the advice, “Write what you know,” and it makes sense. But don’t forget to write what your reader knows, too. 

Make the setting and characters feel familiar, so they can easily see what’s going on. 

Using these YA writing prompts can help you get started on a story your young adult readers will fall in love with and recommend to their friends. 

Pick one today and start writing . 

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Here's how our contest works: every Friday, we send out a newsletter containing five creative writing prompts. Each week, the story ideas center around a different theme. Authors then have one week — until the following Friday — to submit a short story based on one of our prompts. A winner is picked each week to win $250 and is highlighted on our Reedsy Prompts page.

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If you've ever sat in front of a computer or notebook and felt the urge to start creating worlds, characters, and storylines — all the while finding yourself unable to do so — then you've met the author's age-old foe: writer's block. There's nothing more frustrating than finding the time but not the words to be creative. Enter our directory! If you're ready to kick writer's block to the curb and finally get started on your short story or novel, these unique story ideas might just be your ticket.

This list of 1800+ creative writing prompts has been created by the Reedsy team to help you develop a rock-solid writing routine. As all aspiring authors know, this is the #1 challenge — and solution! — for reaching your literary goals. Feel free to filter through different genres, which include...

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  • NNWT. Or, as book coach Kevin Johns calls it , “Non-Negotiable Writing Time.” This time should be scheduled into your routine, whether that’s once a day or once a week. Treat it as a serious commitment, and don’t schedule anything else during your NNWT unless it’s absolutely necessary.
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91 Creative Writing Journal Prompts for Teens

Middle school, high school, and the teenage years overall can be challenging, and young people need a safe space to work through new ideas and feelings. These creative writing journal prompts for teens can help them express their emotions and practice writing skills.

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Creating a journaling habit can help teens work through difficult emotions, experiences, and creative ideas.  But it isn’t always easy for teens to come up with journaling topics on their own. The next time they’re struggling to come up with something to write about, try suggesting one of these creative journal prompts for teens.

Journal Prompts for Teens

Whether you’re hoping to spark their imagination with a creative writing prompt or help them look inward with a reflective topic, these journal prompts for teens are a great way to encourage your teenager to keep writing.

  • If you could relive an entire year of your life, which year would you pick and what would you do differently?
  • What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?
  • Write a letter to your future self.
  • What do you want people to remember you for?
  • How do others see you? Why do you think that?
  • What would be the title of your life movie right now? Why?
  • If you could spend a day with a historical figure, who would you pick? What would you do?
  • Who is the person you trust the most? Why?
  • What is the hardest part about being a teenager today?
  • Do you prefer to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes? 
  • What are you most afraid of?
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
  • What makes you feel the happiest?
  • If you could live in the world of any book, movie, or TV series, which one would you choose and why?
  • What is the best movie you have ever seen? What makes it so great?
  • If you had to wear the same shirt every day for a year, what shirt would you pick?
  • Who would you want to be stuck in an elevator with? Why?
  • If you could change your name, what would you call yourself?
  • What is one mistake you learned from? What did you learn?
  • Do you feel nervous about something today? Why?
  • What rule do you think is stupid? What would you change about it?
  • Describe yourself in 30 words.
  • What was the best vacation you’ve ever been on? What made it so special?
  • If you could be a famous social media influencer, what would you be known for?
  • What habit do you have that you want to change? How would you change it?
  • What effect do you think social media has on you?
  • List 25 things that make you smile.
  • What is something your parents do that you will never do when you have kids?
  • What are you afraid to talk about? Why?
  • If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change?
  • What would you ask if you could talk to your future self? Write down the questions and save them.
  • What is your favorite book? Why?
  • If you found out the world was going to end in 2 days, what would you do with that time?
  • Write a list of 20 things you want to do before you turn 20.
  • What would you tell your younger self?
  • If you won $10,000, what would you use the money for?
  • What is one thing you could do to help someone tomorrow?
  • If you had to be stuck on an island with one person for a year, who would you want to be stranded with?
  • What fictional character is most like you? Write the similarities between them and you.
  • The local newspaper wants to interview you. What will the story be about?
  • Your parents said you can use the basement as your own personal hangout space. What will you do with the room?
  • Who is your best friend? What makes them so special?
  • Have you ever stood up to a bully?
  • If you could be best friends with a celebrity, who would you want to be friends with?
  • What is the most important issue facing teenagers today?
  • Has a friend ever stood up for you?
  • What is your favorite part of your day? Why?
  • Would your life be better if the internet didn’t exist? Why or why not?
  • If you found a genie in a bottle, what three wishes would you use?
  • What famous person do you admire? Why?
  • If you could invent a new technology, what would it do?
  • What is the best way to spend a Saturday?
  • List five things most people don’t know about you?
  • If you could go anywhere in the world for your summer vacation, where would you go?
  • Do you think it’s important to stand up for something you think is wrong? Why or why not?
  • If money was no object, what would you buy for yourself?
  • What is your goal for this year? How will you achieve it?
  • Do you think you’re addicted to social media?
  • What is the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them for the first time?
  • Have you ever been misunderstood? What happened?
  • What is one world problem that needs to be solved right now?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up when you were a kid? Has that changed now?
  • What is the best invention ever made? Why?
  • How would your life be better if there were no social media networks?
  • Would you ever delete all your social media profiles?
  • What do teenagers expect from their parents?
  • If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
  • What is the biggest life lesson you have learned so far?
  • Write your favorite inspirational quote? Why is it inspiring?
  • What is your dream job? How can you get it?
  • What was the toughest decision you have had to make? Why was it so hard?
  • Name three good things that happened to you this week.
  • What is the funniest joke you’ve ever heard?
  • What is the best thing in life that you can’t buy?
  • What are you looking forward to the most?
  • What does self care mean to you?
  • Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
  • What is your favorite memory with your best friend(s)?
  • Do you believe video games effect our emotional health? If so, is it a positive effect or negative?
  • Describe your perfect day.
  • What are your favorite things in daily life? (Could be a favorite food, place, good friend, or feeling)
  • What helps you get through a hard time?
  • If you were a famous actor or singer, would you like the spotlight or avoid it?
  • What’s your happiest memory?
  • Who puts on the best concert? Have you seen it live?
  • Do you have a favorite place to go when you’re going through something hard?
  • How does your favorite color make you feel?
  • Share your favorite childhood memory using a stream of consciousness in your writing.
  • Do you have a favorite TV show?
  • What’s your favorite song?
  • What’s the best advice a family member or good friend has given you?

We hope our favorite journal prompts for teens help inspire you and the young people in your life!

Why it Matters

Rochester Medical Center found that journaling can help with manage anxiety and reduce stress.  It can also help you improve your mood by prioritizing your problems, tracking emotional triggers, and encouraging self reflection.

RTOR also found journaling can boost your emotional intelligence (EQ) through recognizing your emotions, communication skills, and seeking to understand another person’s perspective.

Using prompts while journaling is a great way to encourage your teen to think more deeply while they’re writing in their journal.

If you liked these creative writing prompts, we also have prompts for bettering your mental health and gratitude journal prompts .

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Helping kids build strong literacy skills can also ignite an interest in creative writing. Tweens and teens in particular may crave opportunities to express themselves via silly stories, dramatic narratives, or free-flowing verse. The following creative writing books for teens are excellent resources for middle school and high school students wanting to delve deeper into crafting poetry and prose.  

Creative Writing Books for Tweens

Alphamaniacs: builders of 26 wonders of the word by paul fleischman.

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This illustrated biographical anthology explains how famous writers throughout history having played with word structure and phonics.

Brave The Page by Rebecca Stern and Grant Faulkner

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)’s “how-to” guide for middle school students on crafting characters, plots, and settings.

Create Your Own Graphic Novel: A Guide for Kids by David Wayne Chiu

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Young writers will get pro drawing tips along with step-by-step instructions on developing a visual storyboard.


Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth by Angie Thomas

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Bestselling author Angie Thomas instructs tweens on how to tell stories that reflect their lives and communities.

Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids by Natalie Rompella

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A creative writing book that contains 100 short story prompts for kids aged 8-12.

Write Your Own Poems by Jerome Martin

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A beginner’s handbook for budding poets that contains 90 pages of poetry-themed writing activities.

Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking by Emily K. Neuburger

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Journaling is the first step in brainstorming a story in this interactive tool for jumpstarting one’s imagination.

Creative Writing Books for Teens

Burn after writing by sharon jones.

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A confessional space for teens meant to redirect their attention from social media posts to handwritten musings.

Dear Ally, How Do You Write A Book? by Ally Carter

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Over 25 published YA writers share expert insight on taking a book idea from conception to publication.

Big Life Journal – Teen Edition by Big Life Brand

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Writing is used as a tool for goal setting and developing a growth mindset in this vibrant notebook filled with affirming graphics.

 Dare to Write: Creative Writing Prompts f or Young People and Word Rebels Everywhere by Kristen Fogle

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Themed-exercises help teens experiment with writing in a variety of genres such as sci-fi, crime fiction, romance, and fantasy.

Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life by Wendelin Van Draanen

creative writing prompts teens

A writing resource woven through personal tales makes this memoir a great selection for young adults with publishing aspirations of their own.

How to Be a Young #Writer by Christopher Edge

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Starting off the narrative strong and wrap it up equally as well! That’s the key focal point of this instructive text.

How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination by Christopher Salerno

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A primer in poetry fundamentals such as rhythm, rhyme, and meter.

Write Yourself a Lantern: A Journal Inspired by The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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National Book Award and Carnegie Medal winner Elizabeth Acevedo created this journal that incorporates includes memorable lines from The Poet X as lyrical prompts for teen poets.

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Top 100 Short Story Ideas

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Do you want to write but just need a great story idea? Or perhaps you have too many ideas and can’t choose the best one? Well, good news. We’ve got you covered.

Below are one hundred short story ideas for all your favorite genres. You can use them as a book idea, as writing prompts for writing contests , for stories to publish in literary magazines , or just for fun!

Use these 100 story ideas to get your creative writing started now.

Editor’s note: This is a recurring guide, regularly updated with ideas and information.

100 Top Short Story Ideas

If you're in a hurry, here's my 10 best story ideas in brief, or scroll down for the full version.

Top 10 Story Ideas

  • Tell the story of a scar.
  • A group of children discover a dead body.
  • A young prodigy becomes orphaned.
  • A middle-aged woman discovers a ghost.
  • A woman who is deeply in love is crushed when her fiancé breaks up with her.
  • A talented young man's deepest fear is holding his life back. 
  • A poor young boy or girl comes into an unexpected fortune.
  • A shy, young woman unexpectedly bumps into her soulmate.
  • A long journey is interrupted by a disaster.
  • A young couple run into the path of a psychopath.

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Why Creative Writing Prompts Are Helpful

Below, you'll find our best creative writing prompts and plot ideas for every genre, but first, why do we use prompts? Is it just a waste of time, or can they actually help you? Here are three reasons we  love writing prompts at The Write Practice:

1. Practice the Language!

Even for those of us who are native English speakers, we're all on a language journey to go from beginners to skilled writers. To make progress on this language journey, you have to practice, and at The Write Practice, believe it or not, we're really into practice! Creative writing prompts are easy, fun ways to practice.

Use the prompts below to practice your storytelling and use of language. The more you practice, the better of a writer you'll become.

2. When you have no ideas and are stuck.

Sometimes, you want to write, but you can't think up any ideas. You could either just sit there, staring at a blank page, or you could find a few ideas to help you get started. Even better if the list of ideas is curated from our best plot ideas over the last decade that we've been publishing lessons, writing exercises, and prompts.

Use the story ideas below to get your writing started. Then when your creativity is warmed up, you'll start to come up with your own ideas!

3. To develop your own ideas.

Maybe you do have an idea already, but you're not sure it's good. Or maybe you feel like it's just missing some small piece to make it better. By reading other ideas, and incorporating your favorites into your   story, you can fill your plot holes and generate creative ideas of your own.

Use the story ideas below to develop your own ideas.

4. They're fun!

Thousands of writers use the prompts below every month, some at home, some in classrooms, and even a few pros at their writing “office.” Why? Because writing prompts can be fun. They get your creativity started, help you come up with new ideas of your own, and often take your writing in new, unexpected directions.

Use the plot ideas to have more fun with writing!

How to Write a Story

One last thing before we get to the 100 story ideas, let’s talk about how to write a great short story . (Already know how to write a great story? No problem. Just skip down to the ideas below.)

  • First, read stories. If you’ve never read a story, you’re going to have a hard time writing one. Where do you find great stories? There are a lot of places, but check out our list of  46 Literary Magazines  we’ve curated over here .
  • Write your story in a single sitting. Write the first draft of your story in as short a time as possible, and if you’re writing a short story , try to write it in one sitting. Trust me, this works. Everyone hates being interrupted when they’re telling compelling stories. Use that to your advantage and don’t stop writing until you’ve finished telling yours.
  • Read your draft. Read your story through once, without changing anything. This will give you a sense of what work it needs going forward.
  • Write a premise. After reading your first draft, get your head around the main idea behind your story by summarizing your story in a one sentence premise. Your premise should contain four things: a character, a goal, a situation, and a special sauce. Not sure what that means or how to actually do that? Here’s a full premise writing guide .
  • Write, edit, write, and edit. Good writing is rewriting. Use your second draft to fill in the plot holes and cut out the extraneous scenes and characters you discovered when you read the first draft in step #2. Then, polish up your final draft on the next round of edits.
  • Submit! Real writers don’t keep their writing all to themselves. They share it. Submit your story to a literary magazine , an anthology series , enter it into a writing contest , or even share it with a small group of friends. And if it gets rejected, don’t feel bad. You’ll be in good company.

Want to know more? Learn more about how to write a great short story here .

Our 100 Best Short Story Ideas, Plot Ideas, and Creative Writing Prompts

Ready to get writing? Here are our 100 best short story ideas to kickstart your writing. Enjoy!

10 Best General Short Story Ideas

Our first batch of plot ideas are for any kind of story, whether a spy thriller or a memoir of your personal life story. Here are the best story ideas:

  • Tell the story of a scar, whether a physical scar or emotional one. To be a writer, said Stephen King, “The only requirement is the ability to  remember every scar .”
  • A group of children discover a dead body. Good writers don’t turn away from death, which is, after all, the  universal human experience. Instead, they look it directly into its dark face and describe what they see on the page.
  • A young prodigy becomes orphaned. Orphans are uniquely vulnerable, and as such, they have the most potential for growth.
  • A middle-aged woman discovers a ghost. What do Edgar Allen Poe, Ron Weasley, King Saul from the Bible, Odysseus, and Ebenezer Scrooge have in common? They all encountered ghosts!
  • A woman who is deeply in love is crushed when her fiancé breaks up with her. “In life every ending is just a new beginning,” says Dakota Fanning’s character in Uptown Girls.
  • A talented young man’s deepest fear is holding his life back. Your character’s biggest fear is your story’s secret weapon. Don’t run from it, write about it.
  • A poor young boy or girl comes into an unexpected fortune. Not all fortunes are good. Sometimes discovering a fortune will destroy your life.
  • A shy, young woman unexpectedly bumps into her soulmate (literally bumps into him). In film, this is called the “meet cute,” when the hero bumps into the heroine in the coffee shop or the department store or the hallway, knocking her books to the floor, and forcing them into conversation.
  • A long journey is interrupted by a disaster. Who hasn’t been longing to get to a destination only to be delayed by something unexpected? This is the plot of  Gravity ,  The Odyssey , and even  Lord of the Rings .
  • A young couple run into the path of a psychopath. Monsters, whether people who do monstrous things or scaly beasts or a monster of a natural disaster, reveal what’s really inside a person. Let your character fall into the path of a monster and see how they handle themselves.

Now that you have an idea, learn exactly what to do with it.  Check out my new book The Write Structure which helps writers take their ideas and write books readers love. Click to check out  The Write Structure  here.

More Short Story Ideas Based on Genre

Need more ideas? Here are ideas based on whichever literary genre you write. Use them as character inspiration, to start your own story, or borrow pieces to generate your own ideas. The only rule is, have fun writing!

By the way,  for more story writing tips for each these plot types, check out our full guide to the 10 types of stories here .

10 Thriller Story Ideas

A thriller is any story that “thrills” the reader—i.e., gets adrenaline pumping, the heart racing, and the emotions piqued.

Thrillers come in all shapes and forms, dipping freely into other genres. In other words, expect the unexpected!

Here are a few of my favorite thriller story ideas :

Rosa Rivera-Ortiz is an up-and-coming lawyer in a San Diego firm. Held back by her ethnicity and her gender, she works twice as hard as her colleagues, and she’s as surprised as anyone when she’s requested specifically for a high-profile case. Bron Welty, an A-list actor and action star, has been arrested for the murder of his live-in housekeeper. The cop heading the case is older, ex-military, a veteran of more than one war, and an occasional sufferer of PTSD. Rosa’s hired to defend the movie star; and it seems like an easy win until she uncovers some secrets that not only make her believe her client is guilty, but may be one of the worst serial killers in the past two decades… and he knows she found out .

It’s the Cold War. Sergei, a double-agent for the CIA working in Berlin, is about to retire when he’s given one final mission: he’s been asked to “defect” to the USSR to help find and assassinate a suspected double-agent for the Kremlin. Sergei is highly trusted, and he’s given to understand that this mission is need-to-know only between him and very few superior officers. But as he falls deeper into the folds of the Iron Curtain, he begins to suspect that his superior officer might just be the mole, and the mark Sergei’s been sent to kill is on the cusp of exposing the leak.

It is 1800. A lighthouse on a barren cliff in Canada. Two lighthouse keepers, German immigrants, are alone for the winter and effectively cut off from the rest of the world until the ice thaws. Both Wilhelm and Matthias are settled in for the long haul with warm clothes, canned goods, and matches a-plenty. Then Wilhelm starts hearing voices. His personal belongings disappear from where he’d placed them, only to reappear in strange spots—like the catwalk, or dangling beneath the spiral stair knotted in brown twine. Matthias begs innocence. Little by little, Wilhelm grows convinced that Matthias is trying to convince him (Wilhelm) to kill himself. Is the insanity real, or is this really Matthias’ doing? And if it is real, what will he do to defend himself? There are so many months until the thaw. 

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20 Mystery Story Ideas

Enjoy a good whodunit? Then you’ll love these mystery story ideas .

Here are a few of my favorites:

Ever hear the phrase, “It is not who fired the shot but who paid for the bullet?” This is a philosophy Tomoe Gozen lives by. Brave and clever, Tomoe follows clues until she learns who ordered the murder: Emperor Antoku himself. But why would the emperor of Japan want to kill a lowly soldier?

Mystery writer Dan Rodriguez takes the subway every day. Every day, nothing happens. He wears earbuds and a hoodie; he’s ignored, and he ignores. Then one evening, on his way home from a stressful meeting with his publisher, Dan is startled out of his funk when a frantic Middle-Eastern man knocks him over at a dead run, then races up the stairs—pursued by several other thugs. The Middle-Eastern man is shot; and Dan discovers a mysterious package in the front pocket of his hoodie. What’s inside, and what does he need to do to survive the answer?

A headless corpse is found in a freshly-dug grave in Arkansas. The local police chief, Arley Socket, has never had to deal with more than missing gas cans and treed cats. His exploration of this weird murder digs up a mystery older than the 100-year-old town of Jericho that harkens all the way back to a European blood-feud.

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20 Romance Story Ideas

Ready to write a love story? Or perhaps you want to create a subplot with a secondary character? We've got ideas for you!

Hint: When it comes to romance, a sense of humor is always a good idea. Have fun! Here are a few of my favorite love story ideas :

She’s a cop. He’s the owner of a jewelry store. A sudden rash of break-ins brings her to his store over and over and over again, until it becomes obvious that he might be tripping the alarm on purpose—just to see her. That’s illegal—but she’s kind of falling for him, too. Write the moment she realizes she has to do something about this crazy illicit courtship.

Colorado Animal Rescue has never been more challenging than after that zoo caught on fire. Sally Cougar (no jokes on the name, or she’ll kill you) tracks down three missing tiger cubs, only to find they’ve been adopted by millionaire Bryce Champion. Thanks to an antiquated law on the books, he legally has the right to keep them. It’s going to take everything Sally has to get those tiger cubs back.

He’s a museum curator with a fetish for perfection. No one’s ever gotten close to him; how could they? They’re never as perfect as the portraits, the sculptures, the art that never changes. Then one day, an intern is hired on—a young, messy, disorganized intern, whose hair and desk are in a constant state of disarray. The curator is going half-mad with this walking embodiment of chaos; so why can’t the he stand the thought of the intern leaving at the end of their assistantship?

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20 Sci-Fi Story Ideas

From the minimum-wage-earning, ancient-artifact-hunting time traveller to the space-exploring, sentient dinosaurs, these sci-fi writing prompts will get you set loose your inner nerd.

Here are a few of my favorite sci-fi ideas :

In a future society, neural implants translate music into physical pleasure, and earphones (“jacking in”) are now the drug of choice. Write either from the perspective of a music addict, OR the Sonforce agent (sonance + enforcer) who has the job of cracking down.

It’s the year 5000. Our planet was wrecked in the great Crisis of 3500, and remaining human civilization survives only in a half dozen giant domed cities. There are two unbreakable rules: strict adherence to Life Quality (recycling doesn’t even begin to cover these laws), and a complete ban on reproduction (only the “worthy” are permitted to create new humans). Write from the perspective of a young woman who just discovered she’s been chosen to reproduce—but she has no interest in being a mother.

So yeah, ancient Egypt really was “all that” after all, and the pyramids turn out to be fully functional spaceships (the limestone was to preserve the electronics hidden inside). Write from the perspective of the tourist exploring the ancient society who accidentally turns one on.

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20 Fantasy Story Ideas

Need a dose of sword-in-the-stone, hero and/or heroine packed coming-of-age glory?  We love fantasy stories!

Here are a few of my favorite fantasy story ideas:

Bored teenaged wizards throwing a graduation celebration.

Uncomfortable wedding preparation between a magic wielding family tree and those more on the Muggle side of things.

A fairy prince who decides to abandon his responsibilities to become a street musician.

Just try to not have fun writing (or even just reading!) these fantasy writing prompts.

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The Secret to Choosing the Best Story Idea

Stories, more than any other artistic expression, have the power to make people care. Stories have the ability to change people’s lives.

But to write a great story, a life-changing story, don’t just write about what your characters did, said, and saw. Ask yourself, “Where do I fit in to this story? What is my personal connection to this story?”

Robert Frost said this:

If you can connect your personal story to the story you’re writing, you will not only be more motivated to finish your story, you might just be able to change the lives of your readers.

Next Step: Write Your Best Story

No matter how good your idea, writing a story or a book can be a long difficult process. How do you create an outline, come up with a great plot, and then actually  finish  it?

My new book  The Write Structure  will help. You'll learn how to take your idea and structure a strong plot around it. Then you'll be guided through the exact process I've used to write dozens of short stories and over fifteen books.

You can learn more about   The Write Structure  and get your copy here.

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50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.

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The collection of prompts below asks young writers to think through real or imagined events, their emotions, and a few wacky scenarios. Try out the ones you think will resonate most with your students. 

As with all prompts, inform students that their answers should be rated G and that disclosing dangerous or illegal things they’re involved in will obligate you to file a report with the administration or school counselors. Finally, give students the option of writing “PERSONAL” above some entries that they don’t want anyone to read. We all need to let scraggly emotions run free in our prose sometimes.

If your class uses daybooks (an approach recommended in Thinking Out Loud: The Student Daybook as a Tool to Foster Learning ), wait for composition notebooks to go on sale at Target, the Dollar Store, or Walmart for $0.50 a piece. To organize the daybook, direct young writers to leave the first three pages blank and number and date each entry—adding these entries to a table of contents that they create as they work so they can return to specific entries later. 

High School Prompts

  • Should cameras on drones watch all public spaces to prevent crime, or is that a violation of privacy? 
  • Do Americans have it too easy? Why do you think that?
  • What causes racism?
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hires you as a consultant to determine how best to use $20 billion to save the world. What’s your plan?
  • What’s the worst thing about the internet? 
  • Would you rather be very beautiful or very smart? Explain.
  • You can save one object before your house burns down. What is it? What makes that object important to you?
  • How much control over your life do you have? What makes you say that? 
  • Describe your ideal life 15 years from now. What is something you can do every day to reach that goal?
  • What would your friends say is your most lovable quality? Describe that quality. 
  • What is something scary that you would like to try? What makes it scary for you? How might you overcome that fear?
  • What things do you conscientiously do to feed your brain?
  • What are three of your most profound learning experiences? Where and when did they occur?
  • By age 18, the average American has seen 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders. What is it about television violence that is so compelling to people?
  • Would you rather be loved or respected? Because?
  • Does social media represent individuals authentically? Explain with examples. 
  • Imagine that it’s the last day of high school and you’ve been asked by a teacher to say a few words that summarize the events that have occurred over the last four years that are most meaningful to you. What do you say? 

Middle School Prompts

  • Which classmate would be the best to lead us through a zombie apocalypse? Why? 
  • What real-life situations would work out better for you if you were a different gender? Why?
  • How can you tell when someone your age is feeling insecure? Are most people more insecure or anxious than they let on?
  • If the internet were to crash forever, what would the benefits be for you? The drawbacks?
  • Write a scene that features a) a classmate, b) $100 million, and c) magical shoes. 
  • What three features should your future house have? Why?
  • If you starred in a television show about your life, what would the show be called? What genre would it be? (Examples: comedy, drama, thriller, romance, action-adventure, fantasy, superhero, soap opera, reality, game show, space adventure, Western, tragedy, etc.) Summarize the plot of an episode. 
  • In the future, what extreme sports will people be talking about?
  • Is your ethnicity an important part of your identity? How so? 
  • You get to take one book, one food item, and one famous person (living or dead) to a deserted island. What and who do you take? Why?
  • Write a powerfully supportive email to yourself 10 years from now. Send that email to yourself using . 
  • You have been selected to be king or queen of your school. What are five rules that every kid should follow at your school? What should the punishment be for rule breakers?
  • What do the five friends you hang out with most have in common? How are you most like them? How are you different from them?
  • What contributes to someone becoming a bully? What can help stop someone from bullying?
  • Do you make friends slowly or quickly? Describe how one of your important friendships evolved.
  • Should we fear failure? Explain.
  • If a wizard could tell you anything about your future, what would you most like to know?
  • Do you believe in luck? Are you superstitious? How so? If not, why do you think some people are?

Elementary School Prompts

  • I wish my teachers knew that . . .
  • What’s the most beautiful person, place, or thing you’ve ever seen? Share what makes that person, place, or thing so special. 
  • Which is better, giant muscles or incredible speed? Why?
  • What is your most difficult subject in school? Why is it difficult? What can you do to get better at that subject?
  • Rewrite “Hansel and Gretel” from the witch’s perspective.
  • Describe a scary situation that you’ve experienced.
  • What is your first memory? Describe it.
  • You wake up tomorrow with a silly superpower that makes you famous. What is that silly power? How does it lead to your becoming an international superstar? 
  • Are you a good loser? Explain. 
  • What are examples of things you want versus things you need? 
  • Last Friday, you were given one wish by a magical panda. You tried so hard to make the wish positive, but after the whacked-out events that unfolded over the weekend, you regret ever meeting that tricky panda. What did you ask for, and what happened?
  • I wish my friends . . . 
  • Describe a routine that you often or always do (in the morning, when you get home, Friday nights, before a game, etc.).
  • What things do all kids know that adults do not?
  • What TV or movie characters do you wish were real? Why? 

After they’ve finished an entry, ask students to read their work aloud or exchange daybooks for a read-around. If you give the entries written feedback, show that their work is respected by using a sticky note or scratch paper. 

You might also incorporate background writing music one day a week—say on “Music Monday.” For some examples of music you might use in class, Pitchfork has an article called “ The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time .” My favorite album for composing is the Birdy soundtrack by Peter Gabriel—a good one for older kids. Other Edutopia staff and bloggers like writing to Coffitivity , Noisli , Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Alcest’s Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde .

Don’t forget to write along with your students. Why should they have all the fun?

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Creative writing prompts are short situation descriptions or questions that are meant to kick-start kids’ imagination and inspire them to start writing. This collection of 50 story starters has been specifically formulated for students in grade 3 or higher. Apart from formal learning, it’s important to nourish children’s creativity and imagination. As Albert Einstein said: “ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world .” These humorous, imaginative, and thought-provoking prompts will give kids’ brains a break from more formal writing assignments. It allows them to give their creativity free rein and come up with the craziest, funniest, and most fantastic stories, poems, songs, dialogues, screenplays, and more. Apart from the 50 writing prompts, this book also contains a lot of writing tips and a great game to come up with even more story ideas. Formatted as a workbook, with one lined page per prompt, all kids need to get started is a pen or pencil. For easy writing, the story pages are right-sided, with a small illustration on the left page that leaves enough space to draw or create a mood board to go with the writing. *** Also check out Creative Writing Prompts for Kids, Grades 1-3 from the same author. A wide ruled workbook with 50 fun writing prompts for age 6+ ***

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