Three simple story ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Remember that writing is easy once you commit to making it a daily practice.
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?
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?
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?
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 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.
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.
Bloodcrush The Automaton
Bronzeslime The Beast
Carnalcaster The Thief
Goldfreeze The Rotten
Moneyzap The Vomitous
Riverrock The Sneaky
Scarechill The Master
Treeshock The Psychic
Wethate The Cunning
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:
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)
Some Female Lead Character Names
Addie Tammi Daugherty
Carissa Helene Owens
Debra Winifred Hines
Edwina Sofia Glass
Eileen Myrna Lawson
Elva Fran Kaufman
Francine Alyssa Bauer
Hannah Liza Daugherty
Jacqueline Erica Landry
Janell Mabel Phelps
Kate Ursula Gibbs
Lidia Beulah Simpson
Lynnette Erna Cox
Melissa Ora Quinn
Milagros Alicia Park
Ola Rosemarie Velez
A Few Male Lead Character Names
Agustin Matthew Chen
Calvin Abram Maxwell
Herb Man Dickson
Isaias Dino Hodges
Jae Brendan Rios
Kip Rolando Boyd
Rolf Geraldo Humphrey
Scott Wally Langley
Sidney Fredrick Thomas
…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?