What Types of Story Starters Ideas Really Work?

Every writer hits a point where they just can’t think of anything to write about. Even if you love writing like I do, some days you wake up and find nothing to write about. Story starters ideas are a great way to jog your brain a little and stretch your imagination. There are many kinds that you can use to create a short essay or an article, either just for fun or for publication.

Story starters ideas come in a variety of formats. Some are based on a person. Go online and take a look at the first person’s photograph you see on a website. In fact, Facebook is a wonderfully fun place to do this. Find a stranger online and create a whole story about their day, their life, or their family.

Some people enjoy story starters ideas that are plot-driven. Go to your local newspaper’s website and take a look at some of the local stories. You might find stories about people who have had run-ins with the law, people who were heroes, or those who are running for office. Pick one of them, create a character, and send them on an adventure.

When we were children, we loved suspense stories, and most people still love seeing suspense movies. Think of your favorite suspense movie or novel and its basic premise (a missing jewel, a spy, a kidnapping), and build upon that. Don’t make your story follow the novel; just use the premise as the basis for your own writing.

Finally, the best prompts are sometimes right in front of you. Turn your television on and start flipping through random channels without looking at it. You will hear snippets of conversation that can easily turn into an incredible novel. Prompts and story starters are all around you if you just notice them.


One Comment on “What Types of Story Starters Ideas Really Work?”

  1. Sami says:

    thankyou for this, its fantastic advise, its helped me write 3 stories which just need to have the finishing touch added before i try and get them published 🙂

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