25+ Story Prompts & Scene Ideas To Practice Creative Writing

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In my guide to building a master plot, I have hit you with a lot of concepts and examples. And I have tried to make them easy to understand.

But awareness and understanding aren’t enough to achieve mastery. It takes practice. The most important thing is to not expect too much and just write whatever flows out of you onto the page.

What you’re doing is creating raw material – a first draft which you can later turn into a compelling story. The idea is to fill the blank page. Put something down. Put anything down.

The best way to ensure the concepts and examples make you a better writer is to practice and apply them.

If you already have something you’re working on and want to practice with that, great! But if not, here are some setups and exercises to help you get going.

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Bowling Alley, Homeless Person, Conman

Someone breaks into your home at night while you’re there.

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Basement, Pickpocket, Waitress

Visiting family on a holiday, after having been at a long distance for years. Now, no family is perfect. Of course, there is some kind of trouble that the character will anticipate and try to avoid.  The intent is to get it done with without any hassle. The obstacle is family members who are difficult to deal with.

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Cemetery, Cop, Vampire

Breakup between a male and female character. One wants it. The other doesn’t.

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Factory, Judge, Psychic

Here are 3 random words. Write a scene which makes use of all of them. The idea is to hang loose and let the words trigger your creativity. Deadline, Vitamin, Hide

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Parking Lot, Banker, TV Star

Going on a blind date. What are the character’s fears and dreams? A first conversation via phone which increases both anxiety and hope. The intent is to find the right companion. The obstacle is meeting and getting to know a stranger to know if he or she is the one.

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Desert, Feminist, Busboy

Here are 3 random words. Write a scene which makes use of all of them. The idea is to hang loose and let the words trigger your creativity. SUV, Health, Kid

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Bathroom, Stockbroker, Musician

A story of infidelity. The character finds evidence that the other is cheating, followed by confusion and shock. Then the impact of discovery. 

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Tavern, Baby, Burglar

A family fight over a missing object.

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Health Food Store, Baby, Dwarf

You’re trapped on an airplane or taxi with a person who’s acting strange and may be dangerous. Your intent is to be safe and left alone in peace. 

Here are 3 random words. Write a scene which makes use of all of them. The idea is to hang loose and let the words trigger your creativity. Baby, Razor, Dwarf

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Mountain, Banker, Doorman

Here are 3 random words. Write a scene which makes use of all of them. The idea is to hang loose and let the words trigger your creativity. Machine, Reading, Impostor

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Doctor’s Office, Cab Driver, Priest

Here are 3 random words. Write a scene which makes use of all of them. The idea is to hang loose and let the words trigger your creativity. Money, Shirt, Shortcut

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Train, Doctor, Gangster

Here are 3 random words. Write a scene which makes use of all of them. The idea is to hang loose and let the words trigger your creativity. Witch, Cab Driver, Machine

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Classroom, Witch, Conman

Here are 3 random words. Write a scene which makes use of all of them. The idea is to hang loose and let the words trigger your creativity. Map, Dance, Keyboard

I’ll give you a setting and two characters. Have these characters interact in the given setting. Restaurant, Cab Driver, Gangster

As you work on each prompt, introduce character and intent to establish a want. Think about obstacles to build conflict and tension. Then have your character take action to solve the problem, followed by a resolution.

However, the main thing is to write. If trying to work with a formula gets in your way, just forget it and  write.