Creative Writing Story Prompts

A wide array of creative writing story prompts. Short fiction is great for improving your craft, yet it's harder than it looks and requires much practice.

Although the popularity of the short story is not what it used to be, it nevertheless retains its station as the perfect vehicle for writers to grow and learn.

Whether you're just starting out on your journey as a writer, or even if you're a seasoned veteran wanting a break from larger projects, you'll benefit from making your way through these pages of story prompts.

The best thing about short stories is that they are … well … short. Because of this, Ray Bradbury challenges writers to write one story per week for an entire year. He said that it's impossible to write 52 bad stories in a row.

Creative Writing Story Prompts Pages

Short fiction is definitely an art form, but one that is well within reach of any writer. Again, practice is the key to improvement. Here is a list of 100 short story topics to inspire your creations.

When you want something more detailed, add in this collection of 50 short story ideas. These are more specific than the topics and are perfect to encourage your stories to expand in new directions.

For your enjoyment and ongoing honing of your writing skills … here are 25 short story prompts. Even more detailed than the topics and ideas … these prompts will definitely get your writing juices flowing.

Last but not least, a great way to practice writing short fiction is to use starters. Go through this collection of 15 short story starters. These are opening paragraphs to give you a running start.

Words of Wisdom

If you scan the internet for information or advice on writing short stories, you will very quickly encounter dire warnings from mostly well-meaning people. They will say that writing stories is much more difficult than writing novels. Stories need to be artistic and finely tuned like a luxury Italian sports car.

While those warnings do have some validity, I believe that they are far too negative in tone. Short stories are not as difficult to write as the naysayers would have you believe. And besides, how else would anyone ever learn to write great stories without practicing a lot. That's why these pages of story prompts are here.

To that end, I'd like to leave you with some words of wisdom from one of the all time great writers of short stories.

Here's a video from 2001 where Ray Bradbury talks about his life as a writer. It includes some great advice that we can all benefit from.

Take Ray's wisdom to heart as you add the creative writing story prompts listed here into your own writing schedule.


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