Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thirteen Things about story prompts

Here are some story prompts to help get you going on a new story idea or fan the flames of your current project.

  1. 1. Your protagonist makes an unexpected stop at a hospital emergency room to have a sex toy removed from his or her body.

  2. 2. Teens making out in a remote area are interrupted by a child who has just murdered her entire family.

  3. 3. An envious, bitter woman whose sole goal in life is to make her sister miserable, runs away with her sister’s husband, unaware that he has just robbed a bank.

  4. The owner of a fast food restaurant, known for hitting on his young female employees, successfully beds his newest employee and quickly learns that she is from the Draconian planet of Keerbur and that he must now do her bidding.

  5. A man having an affair with his assistant goes to bed with her in a hotel room. He wakes up the next morning in the hotel room, but the woman next to him is his wife.

  6. A character obsessed with her tarot deck is shocked as the cards become eerie physical realities in her life.

  7. A physician who desperately wants to found a new research facility surreptitiously sells his patients’ healthy organs/tissues to finance it.

  8. A former movie star who thinks he’s still famous goes to an agent’s office which is really a front for laundering money from Russia.

  9. Prior to the dissemination of an annual bar examination, the proctor is found dead in the examination room.

  10. A former prisoner-of-war loses his job and has to find a quick way to support his wife and their four children.

  11. While out drinking in a small town cemetery on a hot summer night, teens are transfixed by a glowing light near one of the oldest headstones in the cemetery.

  12. A couple about to lose their home in foreclosure proceedings kidnaps the daughter of a local banker and quickly learns why her parents refuse to pay the demanded ransom money to get her back.

  13. A man on his honeymoon in Yosemite wakes up in the morning, sneaks out of his cabin to get some wood to surprise his wife with a fire and comes face-to-face with a bear.

What story starters do you want to share to get our creative juices flowing?

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