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!
- 13 Adventure Prompts: The Wandering Traderby Caleb FastWhen the movie, Aladdin, swept through the nation in 1992, everyone was greeted by the voice of a narrator. That narrator was a merchant, one that was quick to try to sell something, but also full of stories. From that, we get to hear the entire story of Aladdin and the lamp. There’s something romantic about touring the world and trading the whole way. You get to experience things on a much deeper level than you would otherwise. I know I’ve enjoyed peddling goods far and wide and I’ve learned a ton as I did so! Today’s list of short
- The Preppers Were Right… – 13 End of the World Story Promptsby Caleb FastI’m beginning to realize that more and more people that I know are preppers as time goes on. And with every headline, I can see what they’re prepping for. Now, I’ve got a lot more to say on this, but you’re not here to see me talk, you’re here for some story prompts! So, here they are! (And they’re free to use however you want.) The US dollar collapses and its collapse causes the remaining fiat currencies to fail in rapid succession. Suddenly your parent’s lessons about the importance of keeping gold and silver on hand might just save your
- 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.
- Shrunk: Weekly Prompt 78by Caleb FastImagine the world around you if you were just an inch tall. Lots of stories are out there for stuff that happens like that, Honey We Shrunk the Kids, Tom Thumb, lots of stories revolve around someone who was small. So, why not join the bandwagon? Tell me a story about someone who is either tiny, or someone who is shrunk to some tiny size. Was it a lab accident? Did aliens do it? Was it some crazy witch casting a spell on an unwitting peasant? Or were they born this way? What do they do with their tiny size?
- Dad’s Study: Weekly Prompt 77by Caleb FastSo many stories based in the early 1900s seem to at least mention someone’s father’s study (or possibly the main character’s study). These rooms may seem like a piece of a long-gone time, but we’re seeing their resurgence. That resurgence is under a new name: the home office. For a lot of kids growing up, myself included, the idea of watching your parents work and “helping” as much as you can seems both mystical and important. For some of us, that “help” that we provided inspired us to start our own businesses or take part in our parent’s trade later
- A Simple Christmas: Weekly Prompt 76by Caleb FastAs per the usual, I’m giving you all a Christmas prompt a bit early so you can get it written, edited, and out there in time for Christmas for your readers. This year’s prompt is a simple Christmas. What makes a simple Christmas? What’s the point of one? Simple Christmases, as I see it, are ones that aren’t full of the extravagant things that you see in most Hallmark movies. There aren’t several hundred dollar trees, a few more hundred in decorations, and maybe thousands in gifts. In a simple Christmas, all you might see is a small gift that
- Gathering Nuts: Weekly Prompt 75by Caleb FastLoads of critters gather food for the winter. Those that don’t might bulk up and live off their fat. Either way, both groups of animals prepare for what they know is coming. They know a time of cold and a time of death is coming–death for those who didn’t prepare. Your prompt for the week is to tell the tale of a prepper (be it animal, human, or some other life form). Maybe they’re going about it innocently and they don’t really know why they’re prepping. Maybe they’re just doing it because it feels right. Maybe your prepper is doing
- Through the Halls of the Old Empire: Weekly Prompt 74by Caleb FastLoads of old empires left behind mighty structures that hold stories. Some of those stories are painted on the walls, like we see in Egypt, some tell the stories by the scarred walls, and some structures have their stories told by those who still live around them. Sometimes empires are rekindled and rebirthed in the same buildings, sometimes those buildings are completely leveled by newer empires that arise. Your prompt is to tell the tale of an explorer, adventurer, or anyone else who goes in to check out an old building that was built by some empire that has since
- The Falls: Weekly Prompt 73by Caleb FastWaterfalls are awesome. They’re beautiful. They’re majestic. They’re so many amazing things. And yet, they seem to hold a sense of mystery as well. Your prompt for the week is to tell the tale of someone who encounters a waterfall for the very first time. For me, seeing a waterfall is nothing special. We’ve got something called “The Gorge” where I live, and it’s home to over 90 waterfalls (according to the interweb)–and that’s just a tiny stretch of river in my state! Anyhows, I’m spoiled when it comes to waterfalls, so this prompt is a bit harder for me
- I’ve Been Everywhere Man: Weekly Prompt 72by Caleb FastThere’s a song that has a part that goes, “I’ve been everywhere, man.” That’s not what inspired today’s prompt, but it’s can be seen as a part of it. We all know someone who’s gone through a ton of stuff in their life. They seem to have been everywhere and seen everything. They’ve got a story for every situation. Sometimes those people are older than dirt, other times they’re youngins who had the ability to see a lot and experience a lot (which isn’t always good stuff). My dad works with a guy who’s been on a plane that fell
- To Lose it All: Weekly Prompt 71by Caleb FastSomething that most people fear is the prospect of losing everything. Of losing their families, homes, belongings, jobs, and everything else that they hold dear. Understandably, that’s something that is pretty easy to fear. No one wants to go through that.Except authors–we want to put people through that because it can make for a book story! (Maybe we’re a smidge evil. Hahaha) Your prompt is to tell the tale of someone who loses it all due to something that they saw coming and had more than enough time to get out of the way. (Or maybe you can tell the
- Reformation Day: Weekly Prompt 70by Caleb FastReformation Day is tomorrow. What is it? Well, it’s the anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his thesis on the doors of the local church. His words would shake the world to its very foundations. Wars would be fought for hundreds of years afterward simply due to this one man’s statements. Martin Luther birthed the Protestant Movement. Some of us (myself included) can trace their family’s salvations all the way back to this shift in history. Your prompt for this week is to: Tell the tale of someone during this event. Tell the take of someone who lives
- The Lodge: Weekly Prompt 69by Caleb FastAll journeys begin somewhere… Today’s prompt starts at a lodge at the base of a mountain. The walls are lined with photos of adventurers who have come through and with the heads of mighty beasts that have been slain on hunts. However, you, the latest adventurer, have not come to climb the mountain, to hunt, or to simply pass through. You’re looking for something else. What are you looking for? A lost cave? A lost civilization? Aliens? A dragon you must slay? A secret route to a place where you’ve been tasked with an assassination? A lost plant that is
- A Thousand Hills: Weekly Prompt 68by Caleb FastWe’ve all heard of some amazing love stories of women who waited for ages for their men to return to them from war. Some of these stories are true, some have become the stuff of legend, and some of them are nothing more than fiction. From real life, we hear the stories of ladies who were told that their husbands were killed in action, only for their husbands to return from war years later. (Talk about a paperwork mixup!) From legends, we have Odysseus from The Odyssey and his wife. Stories, stories. Your prompt for this week is to tell
- The Farmboy Hero: Weekly Prompt 67by Caleb FastHere’s a random prompt that might get some of you thinking. So, picture this: There’s a farm boy who’s going to town to sell some of his family’s crops. It’s nothing exciting, he’s done this for years now. But… This time things are different. As our little farmer is selling produce, he sees something that changes his world forever. Maybe it’s an assassin getting away. Maybe someone dropped a magical item. Maybe someone dropped a million bucks that are in an unmarked bag. Maybe there’s a cute girl who turns out to be a princess who came to him for