Maybe that reaction is an argument, or maybe it’s an impassioned defense of an idea.
Whatever it is, the purpose here is to take that prompt and use it to generate a written response in one form or another.
And because of this, the most powerful short stories have what James Scott Bell describes as the “one shattering moment.” In his book, Bell describes that moment as “something that happens to a character, an emotional blast which they cannot ignore.
It changes them, in a large or a subtle way — in a way that cannot be ignored.” Any one of the popular themes listed above could you give your main character a shattering moment that would change that character’s life or perspective.
Who knows how you might juice up your story idea without even trying?
The best fiction story ideas make use of timeless themes.
If you’ve been writing for long enough, you already know good story ideas are everywhere, and you might even have some in mind as you read this.
But which of those ideas should be on your short list for story writing projects?
Story writing ideas are generally more fully developed than writing prompts.
It’s not unusual, for example, to begin with a writing prompt, develop it into a story idea, and then write the actual story.