Three Simple Story Ideas for Creativity

Three Simple Story Ideas for Creativity

Three simple story ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Remember that writing is easy once you commit to making it a daily practice.

  1. An mobile app developer makes an app that can do something magical. What can his app do, what kind of ethical dilemma does it raise, and what does he end up doing with it?
  2. A man starting to become intimate with a woman rents an expensive hotel room and they take a bath together, but the water turns pink as the woman has her period. What unusual reaction does the man have?
  3. Have your character attend a themed costume party where they can’t find the person that invited them, they know nobody else, and the people they meet are alternately hostile and friendly. What is the strange theme of the costumes, and does your character stay or run after a disaster happens?

Story Idea – Galactic Solid Knife Wars

Story Idea – Galactic Solid Knife Wars

A long, long time ago in a solid, solid galaxy…

After leaving the dirty planet Venus, a group of wizards fly toward a distant speck. The speck gradually resolves into a damp, space abbey.

Civil war strikes the galaxy, which is ruled by Kimberly Thunder, a scrawny zombie capable of vandalism and even violence.

Terrified, a chilly dragon known as Georgina Sparkle flees the Empire, with her protector, Stanley Smith.

They head for Upper Boggington on the planet Abydos. When they finally arrive, a fight breaks out. Smith uses her solid knife to defend Georgina.

Smith and Dragon Georgina decide it’s time to leave Abydos and steal a lorry to shoot their way out.

They encounter a tribe of wizards. Smith is attacked and the dragon is captured by the wizards and taken back to Upper Boggington.

Smith must fight to save Dragon Georgina but when she accidentally unearths a magical banana, the entire future of the solid, dirty galaxy is at stake.

A Few Different Gadgets from the Story

The tribe of wizards has very advanced technology and this is just a sample of the list of gadgets they have created.

  • Acid Rock Mutator
  • Charge Porter
  • Chemistry-Assaulter
  • Code-Bomb
  • Combat-Organism
  • Counter Luminator-Healer
  • Curing Transmutation Deflector
  • Current-Breeze Illuminator
  • Dark Water Bane
  • Detonating Launching Dominator
  • Dream-Portal
  • Explosive Regenerator
  • Healer-Unit
  • Hypnotizer-Probe
  • Igniter Enchanter-Tunneller
  • Mental Strategic Alterer
  • Moleculo Beguiler-Torch
  • Rejuvinating Soil Combustion Hammer
  • Screaming Beacon Screamer
  • Scything Road Processor
  • Soak Mobilizer-Unit
  • Street-Pollution
  • Tactical Luminator
  • Warp-Apparatus
  • Whirlwind-Mobilizer

Story Idea – Ninja Orphanage

Story Idea – Ninja Orphanage

Story Idea

After a sociopathic ninja trades a rundown orphanage they are pursued by a container of malfunctioning robots. Events are encumbered by plague.

The First Line

The hospital room was not white and did not smell like antiseptic.

A Few More Story Ideas

  • The story is about an awestruck demonologist, a realistic baseball player, and a righteous gym teacher. It takes place in a bookstore. The critical element of the story is a massacre. The formation of the UN plays a major role in this story.
  • This is a tale about travel. The story is about an investor, a pedlar, and a doctor. It takes place on a barren planet in a solar-system-spanning nation. The story ends with an invasion of privacy.
  • The story is about a humble detective who has a crush on a disorganized astronaut. It starts in a solar system of magical space travel. The story climaxes with the discovery of a long-lost friend.
  • This is a fish-out-of-water story. The story is about slothful scribes. It takes place in a small nation on a frozen planet. The story begins with someone getting a new hairstyle. The religion of the world will turn out not to be what it seems.
  • This is an epic adventure. The story is about a spy, a wily astronomer, a broadcaster, and a healthy fire fighter. It takes place in a junkyard in a town. The crux of the story involves a death. The issues of faster-than-light-travel and its effects on business is a major element of the story.
  • This is a buddy story with a focus on how no one can escape suffering. The story is about a broken-hearted pedlar in possession of an alien artifact. It starts in a tourist town. The story begins with a repentance, climaxes with a quest, and ends with someone changing clothes. Genetic engineering and its side effects is a major part of this story.
  • This is a road trip tale. The story is about a champion. It takes place in an animation studio. The crux of the story involves the passing of a test. International politics plays a major part in the story.
  • The story is about three exorcists. It takes place in a capital city in a forgotten domain. The story begins with a kidnapping, climaxes with the paying of a fine, and ends with a dream.
  • This is a slice-of-life tale. The story is about a willful media personality. It takes place in a university town. The story begins with an argument and ends with a slip of the tongue and an unfortunate screenshot of questionable activity.
  • This is an epic about sacrifice and the pointlessness of life. The story is about a heroine who has a mysterious admirer: a bowman. It starts in an airport in an outpost. The story climaxes with a compromise.

A Few Possible Character Names

  • Abby Heather Glover
  • Aimee Claudette Wilkinson
  • Angie Dale
  • Arline Ayala
  • Arline Kathrine Walton
  • Caitlin Hoffman
  • Catherine Elinor Reyes
  • Catherine Horne
  • Christina Mcintosh
  • Daphne Muriel King
  • Darlene Merrill
  • Dina Rosario
  • Felicia Olivia Ferrell

 

Story Idea – The Teacher and the Butler

Story Idea – The Teacher and the Butler

Story Idea

A gifted school teacher and a butler become buddies – after a break-in is discovered – to stop the ambush that threatens the vital convoy. The circumstances are endangered by a ticking bomb.

The First Line

He adjusted his tie, took a breath and knocked on the door of the bordello.

A Few More Story Ideas

  • This is an epic adventure. The story is about an acrobatic detective, a pragmatic baseball player, and a compassionate chemist who is mysteriously connected to a sleazy outlaw. It takes place in a farm. An impending magical conflux plays an important role.
  • This is a romance with a strong theme of death. The story is about a sarcastic fire fighter who has a mysterious admirer: a poet. It takes place in a tourist town on a mountainous planet. The question ‘is man alone in the universe’ plays a major role.
  • The story is about a pedlar who is considered the best in his/her profession. It starts in a construction site in a large city. The role of religion in the modern world plays a major part in the story.
  • The story is about a bounty hunter. It takes place in a shadowy realm in a solar system of magical space travel. The story begins with a surgery. The issues surrounding first-contact with an alien species is a major element of the story.
  • This is a city-smashing monster story. The story is about a strong martial artist who has a crush on a fire fighter. It takes place in a mysterious commonwealth. The crux of the story involves an adoration.
  • This is a drama. The story is about a wizard, an irrational heroine, and a physicist. It starts in a solar-system-spanning theocracy. The speed of technological changes plays a major part in this story.
  • This is a party comedy with a strong theme of compassion and beating fate. The story is about a diabolical linguist and an alienated football player. It takes place in a village in South America. The story ends with a dream.
  • This is an epic about mistrust. The story is about a wanderer who is in love with a linguist. It starts in the imagination of a dead people. The issues of genetic engineering and its effects on society is a major element of the story.
  • This is a story about the oddities of the human condition. The story is about a generous video game programmer who is married to a hunter. It takes place in a small nation in an interplanetary empire. The crux of the story involves an education.
  • The story is about a time travel technician in possession of stolen technology. It starts in a basement. The story begins with a shopping trip, climaxes with someone borrowing money, and ends with the failure at a test.

I was working on this story idea after pondering more details for my story, The Squidgy Teapot.

Story – The Squidgy Teapot

Story – The Squidgy Teapot

Helen England looked at the squidgy teapot in her hands and felt sleepy.

She walked over to the window and reflected on her backward surroundings. She had always loved dull Oxford with its grieving, grubby gates. It was a place that encouraged her tendency to feel sleepy.

Then she saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure of John Sparkle. John was a noble saint with hairy eyes and hairy feet.

Helen gulped. She glanced at her own reflection. She was an incredible, thoughtless, tea drinker with hairy eyes and ugly feet. Her friends saw her as a barbecued, breezy brute. Once, she had even helped a solid baby bird cross the road.

But not even an incredible person who had once helped a solid baby bird cross the road, was prepared for what John had in store today.

The snow flurried like bopping owls, making Helen ambivalent.

As Helen stepped outside and John came closer, she could see the late smile on his face.

“I am here because I want equality,” John bellowed, in a smelly tone. He slammed his fist against Helen’s chest, with the force of 6404 guppies. “I frigging love you, Helen England.”

Helen looked back, even more ambivalent and still fingering the squidgy teapot. “John, yabba Dabba Doo,” she replied.

They looked at each other with puzzled feelings, like two kind, knowing koalas thinking at a very gentle engagement party, which had piano music playing in the background and two brutal uncles swimming to the beat.

Helen regarded John’s hairy eyes and hairy feet. She held out her hand. “Let’s not fight,” she whispered, gently.

“Hmph,” pondered John.

“Please?” begged Helen with puppy dog eyes.

John looked unstable, his body blushing like a tame, tense torch.

Then John came inside for a nice cup of tea.

Story Idea – The Television Experiment

Story Idea – The Television Experiment

Story Idea

A recent college graduate volunteers for a television experiment where he has to watch for twelve hours a day. What do they make him watch, how does this change his relationship with his girlfriend, and does he break off the experiment or continue until the bitter end? There’s a plot twist: somewhere towards the end, it’s revealed that everything that is happening is inside a story. That’s when everything becomes hilarious.

Some Names to Ponder

One of the recurring characters in the story is a fictional villain who appears in various forms in the television programs. Here are some possible names for him.

Beastbrood
Bloodcrush The Automaton
Bloodstealth
Bronzeslime The Beast
Carnalcaster The Thief
Drooldusk
Foulrage
Furyshiver
Ghoulchain
Goldfreeze The Rotten
Grosshate
Icegut
Magemane
Masterstone
Moneyzap The Vomitous
Riverrock The Sneaky
Scarechill The Master
Treeshock The Psychic
Vileshock
Wethate The Cunning

Some Names for the Lead

Aaron Peck
Barrett Cameron
Chauncey Rivas
Colin Wooten
Darren Berg
Earl Rory Vazquez
Gavin Harold Wade
Herschel Armando Benton
Jerold Winston Joseph
Lacy Crosby
Leif Benjamin
Matt Lowell Cooke
Nickolas Hobbs
Pedro Toby Leon
Raymundo Ingram

 

Story Idea – The Missing Cat

Story Idea – The Missing Cat

Story Idea

He’s a good-natured wanderer with a roguish sense of humor; she’s a sexy forensic investigator with a tight T-shirt. Together, they must find a missing cat during a thunderstorm. A mysterious nonsense phrase turns out to refer to the antagonist’s favorite book.

Side note: the story stars a zany fashion designer named Paris Weller who creates inspired pieces based on pop culture. Some of his more outlandish creations:

  • Gym Outfit based on The Flash
  • Men’s Military Uniform based on Mothra
  • Men’s Winter Coat based on Envy (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Muumuu based on Apokolips (New Gods)
  • Wedding Suit based on The original Doctor Who
  • Women’s Dance Club Outfit based on Sakura (Naruto)
  • Women’s Dance Club Outfit based on The Gray Mouser (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser)
  • Women’s Gymwear based on Boromir (Lord of the Rings)
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She’s a forensic investigator with a tight t-shirt.

Some Female Lead Character Names

Addie Tammi Daugherty
Adela Stevens
Carissa Helene Owens
Catherine Rios
Celina Ware
Claudine Miranda
Debra Winifred Hines
Dena Burke
Edwina Sofia Glass
Eileen Myrna Lawson
Elisabeth Mason
Elva Fran Kaufman
Felecia Green
Francine Alyssa Bauer
Hannah Liza Daugherty
Ina Mcgee
Jacqueline Erica Landry
Janell Mabel Phelps
Kate Ursula Gibbs
Lidia Beulah Simpson
Lynnette Erna Cox
Melissa Ora Quinn
Melody Molina
Milagros Alicia Park
Ola Rosemarie Velez

A Few Male Lead Character Names

Agustin Matthew Chen
Armando Nguyen
Aron White
Calvin Abram Maxwell
Chung Floyd
Herb Man Dickson
Isaias Dino Hodges
Jae Brendan Rios
Kip Rolando Boyd
Marquis Pennington
Moshe Schneider
Rolf Geraldo Humphrey
Scott Wally Langley
Sidney Fredrick Thomas
Sterling Mayo

What If…

…Beowuf was directly responsible for steam power?
…Columbus had access to nuclear power?
…George Orwell, Billy the Kid, and Saladin were connected by secret science?
…Imhotep switched places with Saint Jerome?
…Marco Polo switched places with Alfred Nobel?
…Pontious Pilate had access to nuclear power?
…hypnotism had been invented a hundred years later?
…the Cuban Missile Crisis had never happened?
…the advent of Christianity had never happened?
…the fall of the Inca Empire had never happened?