Story Starter
Welcome to the Story Starter, modified with permission from the original Modern Story Starter. The Story Starter is designed as a  prompt tool based on  random input. The idea is to get you, the writer,  thinking "out of the box" by injecting random elements into a  story.


How does it work?

All you have to do is click on the "Start the Story Starter" button below, and a description of a story will be randomly produced for you. The elements given will include:

  • Protagonist's Gender: Male or Female
  • Protagonist's Job or Profession: This element provides a basis for understanding his or her everyday life, concerns, income level, talents, and so on.
  • The Antagonist: The principal character (or thing) in conflict with the protagonist  of a story.
  • A Key Object or Symbol: What do you think of when you hear the word 'knife'? How about a hair brush? Everyday objects as symbols can be used to set the thematic tone of a story; or they can serve as keys to the plot of a tale.
  • Setting: A time and place in which the story occurs. The Story Starter usually gives just the place. It is your job to determine the time. 
  • Theme: The psychological/spiritual/moral issue at hand for the protagonist. From empowerment to evil.

Your story should  include all of these given elements! In some cases the random story elements produced will seem to fit in your mind, but one element or two seem impossible to include: stretch your mind and try to include them!


Ready? Get Started! Just press the Start the Story Starter button below:

Thank you to Consuella Jackson for allowing this site to use the script.