14 Thrilling Pirate Writing Prompts & Story Ideas

Pirate Writing Prompts

Looking for some exciting pirate writing prompts and story ideas? Read on for prompts like Blackbeard having Medusa’s snake hair instead of beard, or a group of pirates who can’t seem to get out of a certain lighthouse’s reach!

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The Definition of Pirate

Piracy is an act of theft or criminal violence committed by ship or boat-borne assailants against another ship or a coastal region, often with the intent of stealing cargo and other valuables. Pirates are those who commit acts of piracy.

Piracy was first attested in the 14th century BC, when the Sea Peoples, a group of ocean pirates, raided ships of the Aegean and Mediterranean civilizations. Narrow passages that funnel commerce into predictable routes, such as the seas of Gibraltar, the Strait of Malacca, Madagascar, the Gulf of Aden, and the English Channel, have historically provided possibilities for pirate assaults.


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Themes Found in Pirate Stories

What makes pirate stories so fascinating? The answer lies in the adrenaline-pumping hunt for treasure, power and love, sprinkled throughout with greed, lust, betrayal and intrigue. If you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough of it!

The popular obsession with piracy predates Stevenson’s classic 1883 novel Treasure Island. There’s romanticism in burying loot with a bloody X on a map and forcing foes to walk the plank for shark food. In essence, piratical activity has a timeless quality to it: living a lawless life, stealing from the affluent, and rebelling against authority.

Steven Spielberg cashed in on the pirate obsession with Hook and Disney developed blockbusters such as Treasure Island, Peter Pan and the hit franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. And you should, too!

Now, to help get your wheels turning on what kind of pirate story to write, we’ve put together 11 exhilarating pirate writing prompts that will have you itching to get started.

Please note that all the genders in this prompts are just placeholders.

Pirate Writing Prompts & Story Ideas

Below are some thrilling paranormal romance writing prompts from Blackbeard having Medusa’s snake hair instead of beard, or a group of pirates who can’t seem to get out of a certain lighthouse’s reach!

I hope the ideas below are original. However, undoubtedly with the popularity of this trope, something similar could have existed out there already. But sometimes the smallest details matter, and make all the difference!

Here they are, enjoy.

(Please note that all the genders in this prompts are just placeholders and are not meant to enforce any hurtful stereotypes nor to offend anyone.)

Pirate Prompts: Adventures

  • While dealing with a devastating a storm, a group of surviving pirates must cope with dwindling supplies, each other, and delusion.

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  • Eight strangers aboard a cruise ship must battle various weird happenings they slowly uncover that the Captain of the ship is the descendant of a late famous pirate and the eight strangers are somehow connected to the pirate’s death.

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  • When his father passes away suddenly in suspicious nature, a pirate captain’s bastard son must compete with a line of people who want to succeed his father The only problem? He’s prone to seasickness.

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  • When a struggling 18th-century journalist who sneaks aboard a pirate ship to obtain an exclusive story gets found out by the rest of the crews, what will become of his fate?

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Pirate Prompts: Mystical Creatures

  • When the captainship of a pirate vessel is determined by a cursed pendant passed from one captain to the next, an extraordinary incident occurs, giving a mermaid the command of a vast pirate ship.

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  • When a pirate captain kidnaps a physician to treat his injured crews and then he himself suddenly passes away, the physician finds that he’s been entrusted with the captainship of the vessel.

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  • Let’s throw some vampires into the equation because, why not? A pirate ship’s crews only come to life during the twilight hours, plundering anything in its way not for the riches and treasure but to feed.

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  • What happens when the pirates and the sirens team up to ensnare any ship which dare to cross their paths? And what happens when a band of siren hunters entice the pirates to double cross the sirens?

Picture Prompts

Let the pictures below inspire you. What kind of pirate stories can they tell?

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Some ideas: When a sea creature has gotten used to the taste of human flesh, it uses Blackbeard’s ghost ship, famous for carrying insurmountable gold, as a bait to lure treasure hunters’ ships within its reach.

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Or, tell the tale of a terrifying sea creature which keeps a solitary pirate crew as a “pet” and goes as far as hunting food and finding him a human friend!

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Some ideas: What if Blackbeard has Medusa’s curse, and instead of a beard, he has her snake hair?

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Or, conjure up a made-up, origin story of Blackbeard.

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Some ideas: What happens when a group of pirates can’t seem to get out of a certain haunted lighthouse’s reach?

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Or tell the story of a lighthouse which turns everyone who gazes upon its light into a cursed merpeople.

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More Ideas?

There have been various reiteration of pirate stories out there, but none of them are written by you YET! Now that you have some pirate story ideas, go on and start writing!

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