33 Fictional Story Ideas

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33 Fictional Story Ideas

When students write fictional stories in elementary school and middle school, they naturally tend to focus more on the plot and the progression of the story.  But in high school, teens have a more nuanced understanding of how plot is so often driven by characters and the emotions that influence them.  That means that fiction writing in high school tends to have higher stakes—and very often, much higher payoffs.

Fictional Story Ideas for High School

With that in mind, we’ve created 33 new fictional story ideas for high school students that encourage them to make up their own characters, places, and plots.  Each prompt starts out with a seemingly simple-sounding premise… but as your students begin to write and explore their characters and worlds, they’ll discover how much more there truly is. 

For instance, a simple prompt about a group of teens who manage to pull off an elaborate practical joke can be taken in countless directions.  Will your students focus on the teamwork required to coordinate and execute the plan—or perhaps explore the effects on the joke’s recipient (who may or may not have found it funny)?

Use these all-new fictional story prompts to help your high school students improve their writing and explore the power of storytelling!

33 Fresh Fictional Story Ideas for High School Students to Explore

  1. Write a fictional story about a clock with the power to tell something other than the normal time.
  2. Write a fictional story about a teen who creates a viral video.
  3. Write a fictional story about a woman working as a highly trained secret spy.
  4. Write a fictional story about a town preparing for a big storm.
  5. Write a fictional story about a week where the entire Internet goes down.
  6. Write a fictional story about a girl who decides to create an entirely new identity for herself.
  7. Write a fictional story about a group of people living in a remote village.
  8. Write a fictional story about an elderly couple who aren’t totally satisfied with how their lives have turned out—so they take off on a wild adventure to travel the world.
  9. Write a fictional story about an art dealer who comes across a very unusual piece.
  10. Write a fictional story about someone watching a sunset.
  11. Write a fictional story about an unidentified patient who wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. The patient has no idea who he or she is, and no one is able to tell him or her.
  12. Write a fictional story about a college student who decides to run for public office.
  13. Write a fictional story about a student who is called to the office one day and told that an anonymous donor wishes to cover his or her college tuition.
  14. Write a fictional story about an unusual case of mistaken identity.
  15. Write a fictional story about a group of teens who manage to pull off an elaborate practical joke.
  16. Write a fictional story about a town where the people come up with some unusual stories to explain a strange local monument.
  17. Write a fictional story about a family who celebrates their own made-up holidays.
    Use these all-new fictional story prompts to help your high school students improve their writing and explore the power of storytelling!
  18. Write a fictional story about a boy who faces peer pressure and ridicule when he begins to take ballet classes.
  19. Write a fictional story about a party where things go horribly, horribly awry.
  20. Write a fictional story about a teen with a unique after-school job.
  21. Write a fictional story about two estranged family members who run into each other after many years apart.
  22. Write a fictional story about a man who arrives for his first day at his new job… only to discover it’s not what he thought he’d signed up for.
  23. Write a fictional story about a couple who first met in kindergarten getting married.
  24. Write a fictional story about a babysitter who is alarmed by what she finds while snooping through her employer’s house.
  25. Write a fictional story about a group of friends spending the night camping by a lake.
  26. Write a fictional story about a family whose relationships are changed forever when the contents of their grandmother’s will are revealed.
  27. Write a fictional story about a teen who has a unique relationship to religion.
  28. Write a fictional story about a farmer who is having trouble making ends meet.
  29. Write a fictional story of a billionaire who buys his or her own private island.
  30. Write a fictional story about a man who stops at the same coffee shop every single morning.
  31. Write a fictional story about a group of people working very hard to save the environment.
  32. Write a fictional story about someone who lives with synesthesia and explore how he or she might experience the world.
  33. Write a fictional story about a college professor who decides it’s time for a dramatic career change.

Until next time, write on…

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Use these all-new fictional story prompts to help your high school students improve their writing and explore the power of storytelling!

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