Creative Story Ideas to Inspire You (Updated in 2024)

creative story ideas

Looking for unique story ideas to spark the imagination? You’ve come to the right place! Here’s a bunch of ideas for adults, middle-schoolers, high school students, NaNoWriMo warriors, or any seasoned writers!

Star Wars, but underwater. Dragons who live in outer space. A phlebotomist who turns out to be a vampire. A sushi chef’s friendship with a body sushi model. Read on for more!

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Creative Story Ideas

In this day and age of Internet and fast spreading information, is it still possible to come up with a creative story idea? Absolutely! Consider this: there are only 12 notes in an octave, and yet people keep coming up with new songs every minute of the day! defines creative as “having the quality or power of creating; resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; originative; productive (usually followed by of).”

While the old adage rings true that there’s nothing new or original under the sun, a slight tweak and an ample imagination is all it takes to create a refreshingly original, creative story idea.

What’s more, there’s an ingredient that’s guaranteed to add something unique to the story: your voice. Your unique voice has the power to breathe a fresh life into an old trope or rejuvenate a tired cliché!

Subvert Well-Known Tropes

Subversion of old tropes and clichés are always fun and guaranteed to catch your readers off guard. Here are some ideas:

1. A pirate who doesn’t act like one

Pirates are famous as the masters of the sea. So, what kind of story can you tell about a pirate who can’t swim, or a pirate who’s prone to seasickness? (Originally appeared in my post Thrilling Pirate Writing Prompts.)

2. A horror story in the unlikeliest of place

Horror story doesn’t always have to be set in scary places. Write about the spirit of a jilted bride who haunts a bright and cheerful wedding venue or a sunny vacation spot. Or an eldritch creature that lurks in a hospital’s newborn ward to prey on newborn babies. (Originally appeared in my post Horror Setting Ideas: An Imaginative List.)

3. A dragon who spews up anything but fire

Dragons are famous for breathing out fire, but what about dragons who spew out water or cough up precious stones or poisonous gas? Or a dragon that hoard babies instead of riches? Or dragons that live in outer space? (Originally appeared in my post Dragon Story Ideas.)

4. A pirate captain who’s not a pirate

In almost all famous works, the captain of a pirate ship is a pirate. So what kind of story can you tell about the captain of a pirate ship who’s not a pirate? Here’s an idea: The captainship of a pirate vessel is determined by a cursed pendant that’s passed from one captain to the next, until an extraordinary incident occurs and the pendant is in the possession of a mermaid.

Related: Thrilling Pirate Writing Prompts

5. An anti-mainstream werewolf

Write about a werewolf who decides to be a vegetarian, or a werewolf that changes into an elephant when the full moon is over, or better yet, write about a were-elephant! (Originally appeared in my post Funny Writing Prompts for Kids.)

Lean into the Clichés

While it’s fun to subvert well-known tropes, taking a cliché into an extreme might just do the trick to inspire you! Hence, here are some ideas:

1. A dragon nesting in the most likeliest of place

Dragons like to hoard treasures, so write about a dragon who nests inside of a bank vault. Or small and stealthy dragons, the reason for the mysterious disappearances of all the coins and shiny trinkets in the house. (Originally appeared in my post Funny Writing Prompts for Kids.)

2. A werewolf who makes a living with his werewolf instincts

Werewolves are famous for their keen sense of smell, so write about a werewolf who provides service as a professional tracker, from missing things to missing people to missing pets. Too bad he’s so easily distracted by bouncing balls. (Originally appeared in my post Werewolf Story Ideas and Prompts.)

3. Woodland creatures who adore public parks

Nymphs and fairies love green, natural sceneries, so write about nymphs and fairies who migrate to public parks due to deforestation. (Originally appeared in my post Urban Fantasy Writing Prompts.)

4. Mermaids working as underwater tour guides

Who knows the ocean better than its inhabitants? Write about merpeople who offer underwater tours to humans. (Originally appeared in my post Alluring Mermaid Story Prompts and Ideas.)

5. An enmity as old as time

Witches and vampires are long time enemies. Write about a man who’s hiding the fact that he’s a vampire from his fiancée, whereas, said fiancée is hiding from him the fact that she’s a witch.

Mix Genres Up

Write outside of the box and incorporate a variety of elements from genres that are outside of the one you’re working on. Or do a gender swap or role swap. Or change up the setting. Here are some ideas:

1. Taking inspiration from Little Women, but write about five boys and their struggle in a new settlement on Mars.

2. A vampire mermaid who lives on human’s fresh blood, because, why not?

3. The three little pigs are the villain, while the wolf is a victim of slander.

4. Star Wars, but underwater.

Unusual Jobs, or Unusual Places

Characters with unusual jobs may tell unusual but interesting stories, don’t you agree? So are unusual places. Here are some ideas:

(Originally appeared in my post How Characters Meet: 25 Non-Cheesy Meet Cute Ideas)

1. A nurse/phlebotomist meets an antsy first-time blood donator, but the nurse turns out to be a vampire.

2. The mascots of the two rival teams (who are for some reasons forbidden from taking their masks off throughout the game) bump into each other due to the gigantic costume restricting not only their sights but also movements. Then, the two hit it off despite reservation from each team.

3. A hired clown at a child’s masquerade birthday party creates a great connection with an adult guest. When the party ends and the masks come off, do they turn out to be rivals at work, or childhood frenemies, or others?

4. Separated by glass windows and suspended hundreds of meters in the air, a window cleaner strikes a conversation with a high-rise apartment dweller who’s confined to her apartment unit due to an illness.

5. A sushi chef tries to comfort a nervous body sushi model (nyotaimori) on her first day at work.


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