Email Address. Hi, everyone! That inspired me to write this list of prompts — and pieces of plots — for mystery stories. The basic mystery plot formula is pretty simple. Early on, a dead body turns up, a valuable item goes missing, or a puzzle begs to be solved.
The reader knows that by the end of the book, questions will have been answered, which is a comforting element in even the most gruesome murder mysteries. The originality and charm, of course, is mostly in the execution. You can also use this list as an idea generator for free writing. Although I had mystery novels in mind, some of these could become a subplot in a different fiction genre, from fantasy and romance especially romantic suspenseto historical fiction and young adult novels.
By the way, if you liked this list, you might also like my post of 50 Cozy Mystery Settings. A great setting can inspire a plot, too! And if you want more inspiration, please check out my book 5, Writing Prompts! It has more mystery writing prompts in addition to the ones on this list, plus hundreds of other master plots by genre, dialogue and character prompts, and much more.
I love cozy mysteries and I love these prompts. And I thought I could come up with some off the wall stuff…Thanks Bryn! Thanks for the mystery prompts, Bryn! I always have to correct a few pronouns when I edit a story. You helped me a LOT, thanks! I wrote stories on 9 and I tweaked 9 quite a bit. You have awesome ideas! These ideas are genius! Please write more for mystery and other types of books. Hi there!
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Skip to content Follow This Blog and never miss a new post about writing, books, or positivity! A woman asks a writer to write the story of her life. Then she goes missing. Murder victims are found buried with some of their wordly goods, Viking style. Three people close to the murder victim have confessed. Each of them swears they acted alone. The creator of a high-tech prototype that will change an industry has gone missing.Here are enough romance story ideas to write a story a week for a year.
I hope you find your spark! If you need help developing your romance story ideas, I have a bundle of 11 worksheets you can use. Click here to download. I write about literature, language, love, and living off your pen. Also, fortifying fiction, personal amelioration, and tea. This page contains affiliate links which help support the site. You can unsubscribe at any time. You are signing up to receive email updates from me.
You are signing up to receive email training. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address. The One Page Novel online course is now open! Romance Worksheets If you need help developing your romance story ideas, I have a bundle of 11 worksheets you can use. Write a story about… Two time-travelling scholars who compete to publish their paper first, but instead turn from enemies to lovers.
A clockmaker who falls in love with a fairy they find in an antique clock. Two beachcombers who come together when they find two pieces of an ancient artefact.
Two gods from different mythologies who meet after the end of the world. Two paranoiacs who invent their own secret language to communicate with each other. A florist who writes notes on behalf of a client, only to find that the recipient has fallen in love with them instead.
A philologist who falls in love with an illiterate person who they meet at a book fair. A student who is heartbroken when they meet their hero, but later get to know them anew. Two space cadets who fall in love during training, but are assigned to work in far-flung galaxies. A guide who organises travel tours for singles and falls in love with one of the travellers.
A beauty guru who marries themselves. Two people who expected to go to hell but meet and fall in love in heaven. A cosplayer who meets another cosplayer at a convention and then goes on a quest to find them. A frail person who falls in love with their giant robot bodyguard.
An actor who falls in love with a fellow actor in character. A fashion designer who falls in love with a slob who is touring their house.
An archeologist who discovers an ancient recipe for a love philtre, and sets about trying to concoct it. A princess who falls in love with an itinerant wizard who has a long-standing feud with her family. A werewolf who falls in love with an astronomer who agrees to try to help them.
Two religious leaders of opposing factions who meet incognito at a leadership conference and hit it off. A ghostwriter who is secretly writing the biography of their famous spouse. Narcissus before he saw his own reflection. Two nuns who are planning to elope.Short stories are an extraordinary part of the fiction world.
Writers sometimes balk at the limited word count that is allowed in a short story, and readers bypass them due to the length as well. Short stories should not be underestimated, however.
Fleeting as they may be, a short story can be brilliant. It can, at times, be even more moving and more exhilarating than a novel. To craft a short story is a difficult undertaking; to make it useful is even more daunting of a task. To write a story that can thrill and excite in only a few thousand words is an accomplishment indeed, but to get started, you will need some short story ideas!
BEST THRILLER AND SUSPENSE WRITING PROMPTS
These are just ideas for the basic concept of your story — you can take them anywhere you want. Your protagonist lives in a small, old apartment. It is cheap and all they can afford. Most of the time there are four doors in their apartment — front door, bedroom, bathroom, closet.
But sometimes, there are five. They ignore it until one day, they realize there are now only three doors in the apartment. A group of young people goes on a trip to a remote location with no service and no internet. This ends up being their saving grace because while they are gone, a new smartphone comes out that infects the users, turning them into mindless, bloodthirsty killers.
The phone company had only intended to release a virus to control the minds of the consumers, and they are unsure how to handle this explosive backfire. One day, they wake up next to yet another stranger, same as always. Except this one is dead. Your protagonist lives in a tiny town, filled with judgemental people. He is known as a freak. The one who never talks. All he does is let the anger and resentment build inside of him. One day he finally makes the courage to buy a bus ticket and leave the town.
He arrives in a new city, ready for a new life… and the rage finally explodes. He seeks out people like his old tormenters and kills them. Perhaps he recruits the outcasted and ostracized.
Your protagonist grows up in a small village on the outskirts of a town.Email Address. The book has additional plot ideas and prompts for horror stories as well as master plots and idea starters for all kinds of writing.
These are also great for creative writing exercises, especially around Halloween. If you are easily scared and have an over-active imagination, just skip this one. Some of these are skeletal ha plot ideas or master plotswhile others are images or suggestions. Happy writing! Thank you so much! Haha, it only seemed creepy to me when I went back and read straight through them. Great prompts for the coming season and for those who write about the supernatural all year round.
A friend of mine and myself send photos to each other as prompts and most of the time, mine stories lean toward the macabre, supernatural or fantasy. I love it! Many of these set my thoughts in motion the gears are turning.
So glad you liked these. Thanks for the nice comments! Those are delightful ideas and I thank you for them. Did you hear, by the way, about the writer of bizarre tales whose stories were typed using the blood font.
The one that leaves an occasional trail of blood down the background image of the screen.
50 Mystery Story Ideas: Plots and Writing Prompts!
Hi Robert! Holy smokes, I had not heard of that use of text. Thanks so much for commenting, and for the kind words!
I really like the first one: A musician practices. When she finishes a piece, she hears someone clapping for her, although she lives alone. Oh geez, Cinthia, that would be scary.
That one was my favorite one, by the way. Thanks for commenting! The reasons why crime features so heavily in media coverage are many and varied. In practical terms crime stories are often easy to cover, relative to other issues. That was amazing, I am 11 years old and I looked up writing prompts for fun but now I want to write a whole story! Thank you! Thank u for these ideas. Good suggestions. It may be my first story to publish. At least I hope so. I hope that if it does get published, people may like it.
I try to make my stories as unique as possible compared to the fantastic horror books already written. Great article…So, I have a very sketchy idea comments welcomed. He suffers from claustrophobia, specifically potholing.
Apart from skipping to a potential sad ending. You may have guessed that this is a fear of mine!!!As you can guess, that makes it fairly broad. Buckle your seatbelts. In other words, expect the unexpected! Also, I normally do 20 of these things, but these 10 are much longer and more detailed than usual.
By Tuomas Koivurinne. Sorry, I just had to leave this here. Which of these stories speaks to you? Let us know in the comments.
Once you pick a prompt, you can continue the tale, or take it from the beginning, or jump into the middle, using any character you please. Building an Author Website.
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Bron Welty, an A-list actor and action star, has been arrested for the murder of his live-in housekeeper. The cop heading the case is older, ex-military, a veteran of more than one war, and an occasional sufferer of PTSD. The next interrogation was supposed to be routine: a murder, a suspect, a suspicious amount of transferred cash. But the moment he gets in the room, he knows something is wrong.
It gets weirder: for reasons unknown, the digital recording came up blank, as if no conversation had taken place. Ruthanne Reid. Would you believe this third-person intro is being written by the very same individual about whom it is written? I know. Completely blows her mind, too.
Ruthanne Reid is one of those pesky fanfiction authors who made good, and thus eschews most labels.
You know. Currently a resident of Long Island City and a loving mom to one current cat and numerous future ones, Ruthanne is happily married to a fellow geek who loves good stories and great games as much as she does.
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In this article, I will share Horror Story Ideas and Writing Prompts that you are free to use as inspiration for your next project. Some people might question putting your story ideas out there for others to use, but the truth is there is no shortage of ideas out there. On top of that, if we were all given the same horror writing prompt and asked to create a story from it, not one story would be the same. We all have different skill levels, approaches, writing styles, and imagination.
I know many of you can create these ideas into something better than I ever could. Story ideas are great, and they can capture our imaginations and propel us to start and finish a project when they fully consume us. However, the execution of completing that story is where the real magic happens. If you go through that creative process and are still excited about it, then move onto the outlining phase, where you will truly bring these ideas to life in your own image.
I also want to give a quick warning, these writing prompts and horror story themes are meant for adults, so allowing your children to read them, is up to your discretion.
In this section, you will find one of the most common types of horror story, those dealing with ghost stories, the supernatural, or demons. I hope you enjoy these ghost horror story writing prompts and they inspire you to write something crazy scary. A freelance photographer is in Brazil for Carnivale. When he checks into his economy rental his health inexplicably begins to go downhill very fast.
The cause lies with the spirits of visitors past. Foster parents take custody of a newborn, but when they open up their home to the baby a dark force takes over the house that threatens them all.
An archeologist studying Aztec Ruins in Mexico starts to have visions of ancient atrocities. They become ever more real and dangerous when they start to repeat themselves all around him.
A priest struggles to reconcile science and his faith, the trouble is as he gets closer and closer to leaving the church, the darker events get around him. As they get settled their animals begin to get sick and die. A man inherits a European chateau from a rich relative he never knew existed.
When he and his wife get there it quickly becomes evident something in this house never intends to let them leave. A real estate developer purchases a defunct insane asylum. But everyone that enters the new bed and breakfast begins to go mad, prompting the question was it the people who brought madness to Trumbull House or vice versa.
A young woman is dragged to a medium as part of a bachelor party. During the reading, the medium warns the women of impending doom right before she dies. A plantation owner known for the brutality with which he treated his slaves beats a young man to death after catching him with his daughter. Teenagers go deep into the woods for a weekend of drinking and debauchery on an ancient Indian burial ground.
One by One they disappear. An undercover police officer is tasked with infiltrating a fringe demonic cult suspected of kidnapping a child. As he lives among them he participates in rituals that are meant to bring about tragic events. A born-again Christian evangelical in New Orleans try to fight remaining voodoo fringe cultural elements.
When he finds voodoo dolls representing everyone in the town strung up, he abruptly cuts them down, which sets off a series of tragedies disappearances. A group of teens decides to spend the weekend at the site of a haunted urban legend. Everyone loves a good slasher movie, they are hard to pull off well, but when you do you have the makings of a cult hit. In this section, we will look at a few new story ideas involving slasher horror story writing prompts. Plane crash survivors must live in the wilderness until they are rescued.
As they set up camp one of them is found murdered. They know someone amongst them is a killer, now they have to survive while being hunted from within the group.You can also find all our most recent posts on FacebookTwitterand sneak peeks of our activities and behind the scenes looks at our family life on Instagram.
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This genre is often overlooked when searching for book ideas for book clubs, unless the book tops every best selling list out there — like Gone Girl. What makes a psychological thriller? More than just a mystery novel or horror story, psychological thrillers often put you into the unstable mind and emotional state of the characters. The intensity of the character development, mental and emotional complexities, complicated relationships and the tortured dynamics they create leave plenty of fodder for reading group discussions.
Lillian Linden, the main character, is one of ultimately just two plane crash survivors. A story of survival, secrets and redemption. She soon found a whole world of characters and stories living inside of her mind. It took a battle with a rare form of cancer to give her the courage to share that amazing world with others.
Emily lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and four kids. Want to join the discussion? Here are a few of my favorites, and some on my to be read list! Several of her novels, while not as dark as some psychological thrillers, definitely fit the genre.
Dark and twisty mentally complex characters and relationships more than make up for the lack of suspenseful moments. It tells the story of a young married couple, seemingly living the perfect marriage — until the wife suddenly disappears.
And all signs point to the husband as her murderer. It is now a major motion picture, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Flynn has also written two other thrillers: Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Similar in story structure to Gone Girlflashbacks to the past inform the narrative occurring in the present, all revolving around mysterious murders. A recurring theme in psychological thrillers is uncovering the truth about someone you thought you knew well.
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale follows just such a theme, as the main character seeks to reconstruct her life following the untimely death of her fiance.