30 New Fiction Writing Ideas

Fiction Writing Ideas for Middle Schoolers— Though most students begin writing their own short stories from a very early age, there’s something particularly special about the fictional works that kids compose in middle school.  Tweens and young teens occupy a unique space in their writing that younger and older students sometimes struggle to reach—they can still easily tap into the free imagination typically associated with younger kids, but they also have some of the growing sophistication and subtlety that comes with age.  This means they can write fictional stories that are fantastical and creative, but that also make logical sense and have clearly defined narrative structures.

Fiction Writing Ideas

With that in mind, we’ve put together 30 brand new fiction writing ideas especially for middle school students.  These writing prompts are grouped into sets of five so that you can either select a singular story style for kids to focus on all week long, or so that you can pick and choose individual prompts for your students to work on as needed. 

As your students write, they’ll have to come up with creative ways of telling stories, empathize with characters in unfamiliar situations, and practice various types of writing.  These fiction writing prompts are a fun way for middle-schoolers to become better writers and more creative thinkers!

30 Fiction Writing Ideas for Middle School

  1. Write a story that involves a car chase, an umbrella, and a barking dog.
  2. Write a story that involves a post office, a banana, and a baseball glove.
  3. Write a story that involves a birthday card, a tree, and a pepperoni pizza.
  4. Write a story that involves a flashlight, a pair of blue shoes, and a library card.
  5. Write a story that involves a bicycle, a computer, and an ice cream cone.
  6. Write a story about a girl who always gets into trouble—and what happens when people realize an incident wasn’t her fault.
  7. Write a story about a boy who dreams of becoming a famous singer—and what he does each day to work on getting there.
  8. Write a story about a class of sixth-grade students who discover a very big secret about their teacher—and what happens when the teacher finds out what they know.
  9. Write a story about a family that moves around frequently from place to place—and how all of the family members feel when they have to make another move.
  10. Write a story about two friends who make an unusual pact with one another.
  11. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of an old man reminiscing about his life.
  12. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of a parent with an unruly child.
  13. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of a babysitter heading out to his or her first gig.
  14. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of a racecar driver who only wants to go faster.
  15. Write a story in the first person from the perspective of a college student walking to his or her last class of the day.
  16. Write a story in which you are the main character and you imagine yourself setting sail on a two-week cruise.
  17. Write a story in which you are the main character and you imagine yourself working as a scientist to discover an important cure.
  18. Write a story in which you are the main character and you imagine yourself going to your senior prom.
  19. Write a story in which you are the main character and you imagine yourself speaking to a cheering crowd right after being elected to an important political position.
  20. Write a story in which you are the main character and you imagine yourself finding a valuable artifact buried in your backyard.
  21. Write a story in the third person about an astronaut who is traveling alone in space.
  22. Write a story in the third person about a family vacation gone horribly awry.
  23. Write a story in the third person about a rebellious teen who has some unique ideas.
  24. Write a story in the third person about a young genius who is just about to achieve his or her dream.
  25. Write a story in the third person about a football player who is heading to the Super Bowl.

Make up your own character.  Describe him or her in detail—what the character looks like, what the character does, what he or she likes to do for fun, and some of the important people in the character’s life.  Then, put the character into the following types of genres and write short stories in each one about him or her:

26. a comedic story

27. a mystery

28. a drama

29. a romance

30. an adventure

Until next time, write on…

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