Here’s a massive list of story prompts that’s free to use for Inklings Fiction authors and writers. I’m adding to it constantly, so feel free to check back often!
Maybe the prompt you find here will inspire you to write the next big national bestseller that shifts the course of the world. Maybe writing the story helps you heal. Maybe it helps someone else heal. Whatever you end up writing with the prompts you find on InklingsFiction, please be sure to enjoy it and write on. (And, for legal reasons, I must add that the prompts are free to use by anyone for commercial and non-commercial purposes. 🙂 Teachers and homeschool parents can use these too!)
Short prompts are just that: short prompts.
You can write a short story, a novel, a series, an epic, anything. The only thing that’s short about these prompts is the prompt itself. I try to keep them to one or two sentences.
Click here to see the whole list of short prompts, or read on below to see the latest prompts!
- Night Watch – 24 Military Prompts for the Frontlinesby Caleb FastAll of my books (at least so far) revolve around wars, rumors of wars, and the aftermath of a war. But I write science fiction and that genre is fraught with fighting. But sometimes I run low on ideas of just what I should have in my books. There are so many things that can happen on a battlefield or even behind friendly lines, but those can be hard to come up with on the spot. To help other authors (and possibly my future self), I’ve compiled a list of story prompts/scene prompts for books that have some action on
- Running with the Gangs – 19 Crime Story Promptsby Caleb FastNo matter what side of the line you’re on, if you’ve got gangs in your books (or if you’d like to), then sometimes you need story prompts. You might need ideas for what the gang might try to smuggle, steal, or coerce people into doing. All the prompts I’ve got on this list are geared toward books that are written from the gangster’s POV, but those should be pretty easy to spin around to serve you as a crime fighter! All the prompts below are free to use however you please (except for using them to commit actual crimes), and,
- Story Prompts: 15 Crime Thriller Story Ideas with Law Enforcementby Caleb FastGot writer’s block? Maybe you just need some help getting a story started. Either ay, here’s a list of some prompts for crime thrillers! Admittedly, some of these prompts got me excited and a lot of them ended up being a bit longer than usual as a result of that. I hope you enjoy them! These prompts are free to use however you please, but I’d love to see you put your story up on InklingsFiction.com! 🙂 You work with the local sheriff and you live a few miles out from Chicago. One day, you’re making a routine traffic stop
- 23 Science Fiction Promptsby Caleb FastHere’s a list of free to use sci-fi prompts that might get your author brain working again! Low on food, shelter, cash, and patience, you stumble across something that might just change everything for you. It’s a piece of ancient alien tech and it was just unearthed by an earthquake outside of the megacity you live in. You’re one of the first colonists off your spaceship and you examine the plot that is to be your new colony. You were told that there were no other life forms on the planet. When a missile flies from who knows where and
- Story Prompts: 15 Alternate History Story Ideasby Caleb FastAlternate history stories can be super popular, and you’ve got plenty of options to go off of, if you’re feeling like writing in this genre. What makes a book alternate history? Well, before we dive in, let me warn you and say that alternate history is a very different thing that historical fiction. While both are based in fact, alternate history takes a lot more liberties. From this speculative genre, you get genres like steampunk, dieselpunk, and atompunk. But, those aren’t the only prerequisites of alternate history, the main difference that makes something alternate history is that one (or maybe
- Story Prompt: 15 Action Story Ideasby Caleb FastAction! Love a good action movie with lots of shooting, lots of fast cars, and lost of high stakes? Odds are that if you’re looking at this list of prompts, then that’s the case! Before we go on, this list of prompts mostly involves shoot-’em-up storylines. This list of story prompts can be used to get your mind out of creative deadlock. Maybe you’re just starting your first story. Maybe you’re stuck on an idea for your third. Maybe you’re halfway through a book and got stuck. Whatever boat you’re in, you can use these prompts however you so please!
- Story Prompt: 11 Romance Story Ideasby Caleb FastOh, love stories. This is a genre that’s fraught with inappropriate tales that more or less forced the hands of tons of Christian romantics to begin writing clean and Christian romance stories. These people, as I see it, are doing the Lord’s work. You guys are some of the biggest go-getters out there, and I’m honored to help you all. You’re teaching the world that love is a lot more than what the world currently thinks it is: physical intimate acts. It’s spiritual too. We bind ourselves, spirit to spirit, soul to soul, when we fall in love and tie
- Story Prompts: 25 Bible Story Adaptation Ideasby Caleb FastBible adaptations are some of my favorite historical fiction stories. Historical fiction is fun, but there’s something special about that book taking place in Bible times where characters get to interact with some of my favorite Bible characters! And, if you think about it, a lot of the movies that we see on the Bible have taken “creative liberties” to expand upon a few things. After all, whole movies have been made off just a couple of verses. Despite people taking those liberties, those same movies become massive hits. Plenty of classics take place in Bible times, Ben Hur, for
- Story Prompts: 17 Christian Science Fiction Promptsby Caleb FastIf you’re a big science fiction fan like me, then odds are that you’ve wanted to write one on your own at some point. If that’s the case, and if you’re a Christian, then here’s a list of 17 story prompts for you! Story prompts are a great tool to help authors overcome writer’s block and/or it helps get the brain juices flowing to get a new story going. My favorite use of story prompts is to mix and match several prompts into one big messy story that ends up being a lot less messy than the slew of prompts
- Story Prompts: 101 Adventure Promptsby Caleb FastI love adventure stories and grew up with so many different ones. As I got older, I got to live quite a few of my own adventures and have had quite a lot of fun. From all these wacky experiences, I’ve been able to write quite a few books. But we don’t all have the same adventures, and we can’t always live out some of the cooler of our adventure fantasies. That’s where books come in! That’s what fiction is for! Here’s a list of 101 short-form adventure prompts to get your juices flowing! They’re in no particular order, so
Weekly prompts are a lot longer than the short prompts.
Before you think that that means I’m wasting your time, just know that a longer prompt can give you more ideas. It isn’t just a sentence or two, it’s one idea and gives you a few paths you can take to write your story. I really like the long-form prompts because they help me narrow down the story from something that could be literally anything into a handful of possible prompts that are a lot easier to flesh out.
You can click here to see every Weekly Prompt I’ve made, or you can look right below here to see the latest few prompts.
- Mightier Than the Sword: Weekly Prompt 46by Caleb FastThe pen is mightier than the sword. Words shape worlds. There are so many turns of phrases that emphasize the importance of words in our lives and how they impact us. Today’s prompt is to tell the story of a writer, reporter, or possibly a guild of such people who make it their life’s mission to write the world into a better place. We’ve all seen what evil reporting and writing does to a nation. How it shifts the mindsets of the populace against people who it used to revere. We’ve seen how one false article can tarnish the reputation
- The Home Isle: Weekly Prompt 45by Caleb FastIslands are awesome, we all know it. Maybe we want to live on one, maybe there’s an island we’ve always wanted to go to. Maybe we’re on an island that we want to finally get off of. Alas, this week’s prompt is for islands during war time, but you can write whatever island story you want. This week’s prompt feeds off the fact that islands are naturally safer to live on in times of war because they’re hard to invade. One of the hardest things a military can do is conduct an invasion by sea. Because of this, the US,
- Secret Admirer: Weekly Prompt 44by Caleb FastLet’s face it, we’ve all had a crush at some point in our lives.Maybe it was that one girl who always smiled at you in that weird way in the lunch room. Or, for the ladies, maybe it was that one guy who would always go out of his way to do nice things for you, but he never asked for anything in return. We’ve all got our own secret crush stories, and even stories that we only wished would happen. Today’s prompt is to either tell one of those, or to just make one up from scratch. Because, after
- Food Strike: Weekly Prompt 43by Caleb FastThis past week, I was looking at headlines and reading Atlas Shrugged. For the record, that’s a horrible combination.But, in this case, I got a good idea from it. A nationwide (or maybe worldwide) food strike. In it, farmers band together to produce just enough for themselves and they make sure to keep any food from entering the cities. Why? Well, the cities decided they were entitled to the food that the farmers produced. Those in the cities and the government, the tyranny of the majority, began making it harder and harder for farmers to make ends meet as the
- The Family Homestead: Weekly Prompt 39by Caleb FastYour family were some of the first homesteaders on some frontier land that no one else wanted. No matter how many people were asked, no one cared to leave their comfortable lives to chance it on journeying to a land they have never seen. But your family are hungry for adventure. For success. For legacy. They know that history and God both award the bold. Tell me a story about some homesteaders who do something:-Maybe they are packing to leave for the new land.-Maybe you pick up the story somewhere along the trek to the new land.-Maybe you join them
- The Undercity: Weekly Prompt 42by Caleb FastTons of cities have underground networks of tunnels. Some house subways, some sewers, some house teenage turtles who have a propensity to fight crime. This week’s prompt is to tell a tale of someone who decided that it was high time someone explores one of the abandoned sections of the tunnels that crisscross the earth beneath their hometown. Perhaps they find a super villain’s lair. Or a treasure. Or maybe they find some artifacts that are a few hundred years old and date back to the city’s earliest years. Maybe they find a pathogen that begins a zombie apocalypse, or
- The Lost City: Weekly Prompt 41by Caleb FastIt isn’t that the city is lost, it’s just abandoned. Years ago, thousands of people started dying mysteriously in the old city. No one knew why, in fact, most of the bodies were never found. To ensure that no one else should perish, the city was evacuated and the tunnels leading to it were all but forgotten. Today, you’re traveling down one of those old tunnels. You crawl over collapsed sections of the tunnel where the ceiling caved it, you clamor over fallen timbers that hold it up, you hold your breath as you round each corner because you’re worried
- The Warrens: Weekly Prompt 40by Caleb FastYou are an adventurer/explorer and you arrive at a site that you’ve been searching for for years. What is this site? Locals call it The Warrens. There have been thousands of people through the years that have been lost in the massive maze of caves over the years. The Warrens were sealed off years ago to protect curious children, but you’re not a curious child. You know what you’re doing. …or at least you think you do. Tell me a story about an explorer who goes in and check out an old cave network that’s got a dark history of
- Unmovable Pillars: Weekly Prompt 38by Caleb FastThere are things in life that we hold as unshakable truths. These truths are the foundations that we build our lives upon. Those truths become the pillars that hold up everything that we are. Everything that we create. Everything that we aspire to achieve. I believe that some of the strongest pillars are the ones that ran the risk of crumbling at some point in time. The ones that have been tested the most thoroughly. Just like a tree, it’s the wind that causes it to grow stronger and then, with that strength, it can grow higher. This week’s prompt
- A Ring By Spring: Weekly Prompt 37by Caleb FastRomance authors, here’s your chance to be cringy and romantic. Most of us have heard of the idea of getting “a ring by spring” at least once. Most people think of it when they’re thinking about going to a Christian college. My mom put it best once: Guys go to Christian colleges to get a Ph.D., girls go to get their M.R.S. Your prompt for the week is to tell the tale of a Christian couple falling in love. Maybe they do so at school, or at church, maybe on a mission trip. Whatever it is, at least one of
- Unfamiliar Surroundings: Weekly Prompt 1by Caleb FastYou wake up beside a burbling creek and a peaceful waterfall. At first, everything seems fine–until you remember that you didn’t fall asleep there! You can use this prompt in your next book or your current one, but I would love to hear what you all think of it! Better yet, I would love to see one of your short stories posted here if you get bored! (Because I’d love to see more posts from all of you! 🙂 ) Down the road, I’ve considered possibly making a series like 39 Clues where all of us can write a book
- Down in Flames: Weekly Prompt 2by Caleb FastYou wake up in the middle of the night to the roar of a massive fire. racing over to your window, you see your barn burning. Your stuff. Your crops. Your Cattle. Your livelihood. I’m talking about your whole life. How do you feel? What are you going to do? Do you rebuild or do you quit? You can use this prompt in your next book or your current one, but I would love to hear what you all think of it! Better yet, I would love to see one of your short stories posted here if you get bored!