Fiction Short Story Ideas

List of 32 Fiction Short Story Ideas

  1. A man starts a cult, promises his followers will be able to fly, and it actually works.
  2. A non-religious woman sprouts wings like an angel.
  3. A small child develops the ability to fly and his parents struggle to deal with it.
  4. Breaking news: a mirror Earth has just been confirmed… was not what you expected to hear on the news when you turned on your radio that morning.
  5. Every day, you visit the same moment from your past.
  6. In the closet of your new home is a portal through space and time. You accidentally travel to Mars.
  7. It’s the year 5000 and humanity’s first expansions into space, colonization of the solar system, etc., have faded into myths, much like the journeys of Odysseus. Write about these fabled legends.
  8. She was dying. She was your mother. And you remember the day your engineers first turned her on…
  9. The money is good. But the lies have built up. This empire of yours has been built on a secret, a stolen technology, and the guilt has reached its peak. You have to come out with the truthƒ
  10. The voice in your head is your only friend. The AI implant is your only ally. And she’s just started to become sentient…
  11. Time travel is real and time tourists show up in large numbers around major historical events. One day, thousands of time tourists are in ships above the earth, quietly waiting.
  12. Time travel is widely available. However, you can’t interact with the past, you can only observe it. On a trip to the past one day, you bump into someone.
  13. When people die, they are transported to the event that ultimately caused their death. One day, you are hit by a car and sent 12 years into the past.
  14. Write a story about two friends who make an unusual pact with one another.
  15. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of a babysitter heading out to his or her first gig.
  16. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of a college student walking to his or her last class of the day.
  17. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of a parent with an unruly child.
  18. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of a racecar driver who only wants to go faster.
  19. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of an old man reminiscing about his life.
  20. Write a story in which you are the main character and you imagine yourself going to your senior prom.
  21. Write a story in which you are the main character and you imagine yourself setting sail on a two-week cruise.
  22. Write a story in which you are the main character and you imagine yourself working as a scientist to discover an important cure.
  23. Write a story that involves a bicycle, a computer, and an ice cream cone.
  24. Write a story that involves a birthday card, a tree, and a pepperoni pizza.
  25. Write a story that involves a car chase, an umbrella, and a barking dog.
  26. Write a story that involves a flashlight, a pair of blue shoes, and a library card.
  27. Write a story that involves a post office, a banana, and a baseball glove.
  28. You are born with the ability to stop time. One day, you see something else moving when you have already stopped time.
  29. You volunteer to be the first human to test time travel, only going an hour forward in time. But when you leave the travel pod, all other humans are gone.
  30. You wish upon what looks like a star but is actually a satellite. Your wish has been recorded, catalogued, and an agent is now assigned the task of granting your wish.
  31. You’re driving down a lonely road when you see a machine-looking object jet across the night sky.
  32. Your Tesla has stopped in the wilderness. The last thing you remember before the panic set in was someone hacking into the car’s computer, steering you far away from the safety of the city. In the darkness, a light moves towards youƒ

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