We love a good prompt!
If you've ever sat in front of a computer or notebook and felt the persisting inclination to start creating worlds, characters, and storylines — but found yourself unable to do so, then you've met the author's age old foe: writer's block. There's nothing more frustrating than finally finding the time to sit down and be creative, and then finding no words will come. Enter our new directory! If you're ready to finally 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 250+ creative ideas has been created by the Reedsy team to help you develop a rock-solid writing routine. Which, as all aspiring authors know, is the #1 challenge — and solution! — for reaching your literary goals. We’ll update this list regularly, so make sure to stay tuned! Also feel free to filter through by the different genres, which includes...
Comedy — whether satire or slapstick, this is an opportunity to write with your funny bone.
Drama — if you want to make people laugh and cry within the same story, this might be your genre.
Romance — one of the most popular commercial genres out there. Check these prompts out if you love writing about love.
Fantasy — the beauty of this genre is the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
Mystery — from whodunnits to cosy mysteries, it's time to bring out your inner detective.
Thriller — there's nothing like a page-turner that elicits a gasp of surprise at the end.
Historical Fiction— your chance to transport readers to times gone by.
Finding inspiration is just one piece of the puzzle. What comes next is refining your skills at crafting short fiction — and then sending it out to the world. We've worked hard at creating resources to help you do just that! Check them out:
- How to Write a Short Story That Gets Published — a free, ten day course by Laura Mae Isaacman, a full-time editor who runs a book editing company in Brooklyn.
- Best Literary Magazines of 2019 — a directory of 100+ reputable magazines that accept unsolicited submissions.
- Writing Contests in 2019 — the finest writing contests of 2019 for fiction and non-fiction authors of short stories, poetry, essays and more.
Want to submit your own prompts to help inspire fellow writers? Send them to us here.