Story Starters


Use the Story Starters below for entries into your Writer’s Notebook, or to begin a Low Stakes piece of writing. Keep your eyes out for new Story Starters, or if you would like to submit your own Story Starter, send it in by clicking here.

  • This morning, six impossible things happened before breakfast …
  • It was seven minutes after midnight …
  • It was a dark and stormy night …
  • The sounds of screams woke me …
  • You never really know what you’re made of until you’re faced with an impossible choice …
  • There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire …
  • After the awards ceremony, I realised that everyone thought I was a hero …
  • This has to get the award for worst holiday ever …
  • I always knew this moment would arrive …
  • I was six years old the first time I disappeared …
  • Why did I bother getting out of bed this morning?
  • It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
  • It was a wrong number that started it …
  • I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story …
  • We slept in what had once been the gymnasium …
  • If it hadn’t been for my ball of bubblegum …