What’s the story you’re going to tell? Everyone has one. And while some people find it easier to put their thoughts into words than others, with a little imagination and creativity, anyone can be a good writer.

If you’re someone who loves to write but is struggling to come up with ideas for what to write about, never fear! Here are 33 story ideas to get you started.

What should you write about for a story?

  1. Write about a time when you had to overcome adversity.
  2. Write about a time when you met someone who changed your life.
  3. Write about a time when you were faced with a difficult decision.
  4. Write about a time when you had to confront your fears.
  5. Write about a time when you triumphed over something, big or small.
  6. Write about a time when you failed miserably at something.
  7. Write about a time when you had to deal with heartbreak or loss.
  8. Write from the perspective of your favorite book character, TV show character, or movie character.
  9. Write from the perspective of an animal – any animal! – that you encounter in your everyday life.
  10. Use one of these prompts from famous novels as the opening line for your story: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” “All was quiet on the western front,” or “The sun also rises.”
  11. Have an ongoing argument with someone close to you about something trivial – like whose turn it is to do the dishes – and document it through a series of letters, social media posts, or journal entries.
  12. Start your story with the following sentence: “I never should have gone outside that day.”
  13. One day, everyone in the world wakes up with superhuman abilities..but there’s a catch!
  14. In a future world where everyone is required to take a state-mandated happiness pill, one woman rebels and decides she’s going to feel her emotions – good and bad – without government interference..and she’s going to document her experience in order inspire others to do the same.
  15. Write about a young woman that discovers she has the ability to travel through time…but her power only works if she writes about her experiences afterwards in order to prevent history from being rewritten.
  16. Write about a group of friends who realize they’ve all been dating the same guy – who’s been playing them all along.
  17. Write about a woman who starts receiving letters from her future self, giving her warnings about the mistakes she’s about to make in her life.
  18. Write about a woman who discovers that her dreams have started coming true.
  19. Write about a woman who tries out for a reality TV show and gets more than she bargained for.
  20. Write about a woman who finds out that she’s actually an alien princess who needs to get back home before her planet explodes.
  21. Write about a woman who discovers that she has been reincarnated over and over again throughout history and needs help remembering her past lives in order t save the future.
  22. Write about two people who wake up in a room with no memories of how they got there or who they are..and they’re not alone.
  23. Write about a woman who starts seeing ghosts and must help them cross over into the afterlife.
  24. Write about how an ordinary person discovers they have superpowers and must use them to save the world from destruction.
  25. Write about a woman who discovers that she is actually a witch with magical powers.
  26. During a worldwide blackout, one woman takes refuge in an abandoned house only to find out she’s not alone after all.
  27. An unassuming person turns out to be the chosen one who needs save the world from evil forces.
  28. After winning the lottery, one woman discovers that money doesn’t buy happiness after all.
  29. In order t save her family from financial ruin, one woman agrees to marry a wealthy man she doesn’t love.
  30. One woman becomes obsessed with finding out who keeps anonymously sending her flowers every week.
  31. After being wrongfully accused of murder, one man has to go on the run to clear his name.
  32. A young girl is taken captive by pirates and must find a way to escape back home
  33. A group of friends goes on vacation to an isolated island where they soon discover they’re not alone

What should you write a story about? Whatever you decide! Remember, there are no rules when it comes writing! These 33 ideas are simply meant t help jumpstart your creativity and get those juices flowing. So what are you waiting for? Get writing!