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Started April 25, 2012 - 12:12 PM



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Good Story Ideas

What would you consider to be good story ideas for short fiction? Some ideas will require longer stories than others.

#2 Guest_jmango_* Replied April 25, 2012 - 04:33 PM

There are entire books and websites dedicated to coming up with simple plots for short stories. In fact, the plots of many movies and stories can be boiled down to a few basic templates. For example, a character goes from rags to riches, or a character goes on a quest and ends up discovering his or her identity. Short fiction story ideas should not be too complex, as there is a limited amount of time to tell the story. Good short stories have characters that can be quickly developed and have plots that allow for concise creation of conflict and climax. Resolution of conflict is a possibility, but some of the best short stories are the ones that leave the ending open to interpretation.

#3 asimm39 Replied April 26, 2012 - 11:09 AM


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I agree with jmango that there are only so many plots in the world that you can use. Most people think they boil down to seven unique ideas: overcoming the monster, rags to riches, the quest story, a voyage and return, comedy (in the Aristotelian sense), tragedy (also in the Aristotelian sense), and the rebirth. So you have these tropes to work with. The interesting part comes when you can give some of these a twist. This can especially be true in short fiction, because you do not have the available length to really develop the plot in the normal sense. So, you can start with significant things having already happened. This fits in nicely with the concept of "in media res".

In terms of good story ideas, it is probably best to come up with those on your own. We have all heard the phrase "write what you know" and that is probably a good rule of thumb in this case. Or, write what you are interested in. There are so many websites on the web that offer writing prompts that they become a bit clichéd after a while. So if you want to come up with a good story idea, perhaps some good advice would be to just keep it in mind as you go through your day, and if something piques your interest, think to yourself, "where is the story in this?" or "where is there character conflict in this?"

It may make things easier if you start with the framework of a situation for your story, rather than the plot idea. For instance, you could imagine some conflicts around which you could build plot and character. Examples include contradictory characters (your protagonist says one thing but does the opposite), self-epiphany (your protagonist believes something to be true about themselves but realizes it is not), or confrontation (your protagonist has to confront another character about something but does not want to do so). Hope that helps...

#4 Kris Replied May 12, 2012 - 08:28 AM


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Well, I'd have to ask what audience you intend your story for...if it's children, then surely you can get a ton of short story ideas such as "The Monster Under the Bed" or "The Clown that Saved Christmas." If it's for adults, you can touch on a variety of subjects. Most everything has been done already, but you can take a previous idea or story and expand on it or just make it uniquely your own perspective. If you want to write a short story where two people fall in love, do it in an original way.

#5 Guest_Marilina_* Replied July 07, 2012 - 10:04 PM

theres so many good ideas for instance one ive been working on for a while is a story of a alter world (kind of like the hunger games world) where you go on a quest to find gems where if you bring them together in a certain pace in the world and you have huge power increases and huge brain power increases, do it from multiple peoples pov in dif chapters and have them meet in the end. it isnt very original but its way more fun to write then anything ive done before.

#6 TonyDanzaTapDancing Replied July 09, 2012 - 08:12 AM


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Good story ideas for short fiction gives you a very broad range of topics. You can write about anything in a short story as long as you focus on keeping it short.

Focus on sticking to the point and only including information relevant to the main focus points. If you find that your story is becoming lengthy, think about what information is not essential and remove it. Or, you might find that you have included a side-plot that is not needed.

If you have a topic that interests you, dive right into it. All you have to do is limit your writing and realize that you need to be specific and to the point.

#7 Guest_gust 2_* Replied July 10, 2012 - 12:33 PM

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i like the idae of poor to rich

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#9 kbx911 Replied July 13, 2012 - 02:29 AM


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