Stuck for inspiration? Here are some of my favourite inspirational ideas for writing a short story:
- Find a poem and rewrite it as a story. (If you’re having trouble finding a poem, search for ‘The Nation’s Favourite Poems’ and browse through)
- Choose a limerick and turn that into a full blown story. (Search for Edward Lear for the master of limericks and delightful nonsense)
- Ask five random people to give you a noun, an adjective, a verb, colour and a random object, and write a story that incorporates them all. (or search for an online random word generator)
- Write a single scene story which describes one of your most painful of embarrassing memories. (the more painful it is for you to write, the better)
- Read synopses of poorly rated movies and base your story on one. (You can browse Netflix – even if you’re not a member – or browse the DVDs in the library or rental store – assuming those places still exist…)
- Open a book at a random page, find the first new sentence and use that as the first line of your story. (Or just use it somewhere if you’re feeling wishy washy)
- Write a story about change from the point of view of a fruit. (Or a plant or an item that is sitting on your desk)
- Write a story about loss from the point of view of your youngest child (regardless of whether you have any children).
- Write a story about a terrible crime from the point of view of the criminal, so the reader sympathises with them. The greater the level of sympathy and empathy, the better.
- Find an idiom, such as ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ and write a fable to explain the ‘origin’ of the phrase.
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