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5 Writing Prompts for Short Stories

Five short story writing prompts to fire up the imagination and kickstart your creativity. These writing prompts can be used for flash fiction or poetry.

Are you in need of writing prompts for short stories? Perhaps you’re looking for a writing prompt as a warm-up exercise or for a creative writing class?

I’m always collecting story ideas / writing prompts from across the web – especially Pinterest – and so I decided to try my hand at creating my own. I hope you get much use out of these short story ideas and have as much fun with it as I did coming up with them!

These writing prompts can help to fire up your imagination for your next short story of flash fiction project.

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Five Writing Prompts for Short Stories

  1. This should have been the happiest day of my life – but why does it feel like I’m giving up?
  2. A young woman finds a note hidden in a library book. What does the note say? Does she throw the note away or does she follow the note to wherever it may lead her?
  3. A perfectly ordinary man lives a perfectly ordinary day. Write about the magic or beauty of an ordinary, simple life.
  4. I longed to be out in the sunlight.
  5. The house felt as warm and comforting as a hug. But it held many dark secrets hidden it its depths.

Do you think writing prompts are useful or do you not care for them?

Comment below with a link to your stories if you decide to use one of my prompts!

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