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Narrative Writing Prompts

  1. Write a story about your favorite song.
  2. Write about your favorite vacation.
  3. Write about a memory with your favorite relative.
  4. Write a story with a main character of the opposite gender.
  5. Write a story about finding something strange in your refrigerator.
  6. Write about something embarrassing that happened to you or a friend.
  7. Write a story that includes the last conversation you had.
  8. Write about a landmark event in a family member's life.
  9. Write about choosing a pet.
  10. Write a story that includes an exchange in Pig Latin.
  11. Write a story about an invasion that fails.
  12. Write a story where the main character has the same job as a family member or friend. Ask them for details.
  13. Write about standing up to a bully.
  14. Write about being too frightened to stand up to a bully.
  15. Write about a time you had to ask for help.
  16. Write about a time you got lost.
  17. Write a story that includes water as an important idea.
  18. Write a story from the point of view of a villain.
  19. Write about how you met your best friend.
  20. Write about a date that ends badly.
  21. Write a story that includes a rare food as an important plot point.
  22. Write about losing a friend.
  23. Write the same sequence of events from two different points of view.
  24. Write about being trapped in bad weather.
  25. Write a story where our history is a popular television show, book, or play.
  26. Write about making a meal with someone.
  27. Write about a time you lost an argument.
  28. Write a story about a song you dislike.
  29. Write about a time you cried.
  30. Write about someone dying.
  31. Write about a memory you have that could have been a dream.
  32. Write about your first crush.
  33. Find a random picture online or in a magazine or newspaper. Write a story about it.
  34. Write about an event that happened at least 50 years ago.
  35. Write about a time when you were sick.
  36. Write about taking care of someone else who is sick.
  37. Write about the last month.
  38. Write about the first time you bought something with money you earned.
  39. Write a story about a mythological character or creature.
  40. Write about getting over a fear.
  41. Write about the first time you remember being in pain.
  42. Write about a time you stayed up late or all night.
  43. Write about a small mistake having big consequences.
  44. Write about giving up something you want for someone else.
  45. Write a story that starts with an accidental meeting.
  46. Write about your favorite memory of nature.
  47. Write about a spiritual experience you have had, positive or negative.
  48. Write a story in which the characters all meet because of a duck.
  49. Write about the first time you traveled by yourself.
  50. Write a story about someone changing their opinion about something.
  51. Write a story about getting a new family member.
  52. Write your own version of a fairy tale or myth.
  53. Write about moving to a new place.
  54. Write a story that has one character that can only speak in poetry quotations.
  55. Write a story about what is in the dark.
  56. Write about the earliest memory you have.
  57. Write about dealing with annoying neighbors, classmates, or coworkers.
  58. Write about a time you realized your opinion on something was different than most people's.
  59. Write about how you started to like writing.
  60. Write about a class that was challenging for you.
  61. Write about when you decided what job you want.
  62. Write about flying.
  63. Write about a random act of kindness.
  64. Write about the best party you've ever been to.
  65. Write a story where the characters have to walk or get around on animals.
  66. Write a story where the action is started by a letter arriving at the wrong address.
  67. Write about meeting someone and not liking them at first, but growing to like them.
  68. Write about a time you had to take charge of a situation.
  69. Write about a time someone let you down.
  70. Write about a time you let someone else down.
  71. Write a story set in your hometown.
  72. Write a story that ends with taking medicine.
  73. Write a story that starts with the conclusion (many mysteries, for example, start by showing the crime, including who the criminal is) and focus on how the story arrived at that point, rather than what the ending will be.
  74. Write a story set entirely in one building.
  75. Write a story that makes it unclear whether the point of view character really knows what's happening.
  76. Write about a pleasant surprise.
  77. Write about a time you didn't know what to do.
  78. Write about a time when a hobby or piece of random knowledge came in useful.
  79. Write about a family reunion.
  80. Write about what might have happened to a friend you haven't seen in a long time.
  81. Write about a time when you were blamed for something that wasn't your fault.
  82. Write about a time when you got away with something.
  83. Write a story set in the sky.
  84. Write a story that starts with someone falling down a flight of stairs.
  85. Write a story that uses grape juice as an important detail.
  86. Write about a long walk.
  87. Write about a time when you were alone.
  88. Write the story of a piece of furniture that was handed down to you or your family.
  89. Write a story that ends with a club meeting.
  90. Write a story set in a basement.
  91. Write about a miscommunication.
  92. Write about a time you apologized sincerely.
  93. Write a story that contains someone jumping out a window.
  94. Write a story that starts in a tree.
  95. Write a story that has the same ending and beginning sentence.
  96. Write about finding someone who shares a particular interest.
  97. Write about your memories of a relative you don't know very well.
  98. Write about a time you were so happy it almost hurt.
  99. Write a story that starts on a farm.
  100. Write a story that ends on a cliff.
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