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Creative Story Titles Can Give You Good Story Ideas
46 Story Titles / 46 Good Story Ideas
As writers we know that good story ideas can be hard to come by, but story titles may be just what you need to inspire your next masterpiece. All you have to do is sit down and make out a list, or better yet consult the list that you keep in your writer's notebook.
Every author knows that the key to finishing a great novel or script is to give it a great title; the name can make all the difference in the world, right? What many writers overlook is that good titles can also be a great starting place; a place where characters and worlds start to take form in your mind. The next time you're having problems with your creative writing, try coming up with some story titles - you may just find your next great story in one of them.
This lens will show you examples of what I'm talking about. Feel free to use any of the titles or short story ideas you find interesting. After all, us real writers know that coming up with an idea is easy - developing it into a story is what's hard. What would really pay off for you in the future, however, is to start your own list.
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How Do You Come Up With Good Story Ideas And Titles?
One simple answer is by using the dictionary. Randomly open it and choose a word; now write a story about that word. You just might have a suitable title as well.
Artwork below courtesy of Kjirstin Bentson / flickr.
What kind of stories do you like?
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Story Titles And Partially Developed Storylines
Being creative is hard work.
I got each one of these story ideas by looking at (and thinking about) the titles. Where did I get the story titles? From a very long list that I've been keeping for years. Anytime I hear or see something that may make an interesting title, I simple jot it down.
1-If I Were Batman: Someone decides to bring their love of comics into reality.
2-Stealing From Killers: A woman steals the wrong thing from the wrong person.
3-Beginner's Luck: The story of a guy who makes a fortune off of his very first painting.
4-A Bit of Nudity: A nudist colony gets a visit from a very famous celebrity.
5-Letter From Heaven: A wife gets a lengthy letter from her deceased husband about his first month in Heaven.
6-5 Reasons Death Doesn't Suck: A recently deceased teenager discovers that there is life after death and you can do a lot more when dead than when alive.
7-Dying Wishes: A family goes on a road trip with their cancer-stricken child to grant as many wishes as they can.
8-Lunatic Friends: A guy gets a crush on a wannabe serial killer.
9-Job Security: People learn of a possible downsizing and they all start competing to prove their worth to the company, often with hilarious results.
10-The Beauty of Ugliness: A very unattractive person is also the most popular because of their actions.
11-Good Story Ideas: A young author makes a wish to have better story ideas while blowing out a birthday candle. The wish comes true and after filling up over 1100 notebooks, he goes insane.
12-The Itch: A person hard up for money tries an experimental drug that has a very aggravating side effect. The itching eventually begins to impact his side hobby - vigilantism.
13-The Third Eye Recedes: A well known psychic begins to realize that her powers are fading away. She decides to help a small town police force track down a serial killer one last time in spite of this fact.
14-The Oddest Job: A person is hired as a bellhop in an extremely haunted hotel. Hilarity ensues.
15-The Rise of Madison Walker: A guy comes out of nowhere to become the leader of a very powerful country.
Coming Up With Ideas Isn't That Hard - Developing good story ideas is the hard part.
Whether you're looking for good story ideas, cool story titles or ways to kill off a character most writers seem to turn to books as a source for inspiration in their creative writing. This action is popular for a reason - it works. Where else can you casually peruse the written word and let ideas form freely in your mind. Some might say offer up the internet as an answer, but I've never got rich ideas from the Web like I do from books or magazines.
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Children's Story Ideas
Every idea came from the story title listed.
16-The Wishing Table: A toddler finds a very special table and causes everyone involved it her life to become a lot more interesting.
17-Gumdrops: A child obsession with candy changes their world - literally.
18-Where Creatures Roam: A brother and sister find a secret doorway where the creatures of imagination roam free.
19-Wild Animals I Have Known: A boy recalls his trip to a national park.
20-10 Reasons I Believe In Santa: A self-explanatory short story idea.
21-When the Hen Attacks: Someone finds out that you shouldn't try to pet baby chicks when mama is around.
22-My Blue Squirrel: A boy rescues a squirrel that has fallen into a bucket of blue paint.
23-Secrets of the Hive: A young girl is given the opportunity to visit a beehive.
24-Old Bugs: The oldest living praying mantis in existence visits a young boy to ask a favor.
25-The Twilight Creatures: A young child is playing in just the right place at just the right time and the unicorn visits.
26-Cotton Candy Christmas: Children wake up on Christmas to the ground covered in cotton candy. At first it seems like a dream come true, but it doesn't take long for everyone to realize that there is something sinister happening.
27-Genius In The Making: A 12 year old genius takes a job at the local high school and finds out that she still has a lot to learn.
28-Outwitting The Witch Down The Road: Two siblings must use their wits to escape a witch that wants them for dinner.
29-Prank Call: Some kids find out the Easter Bunny's phone number and decide to have some fun.
30-Big Spender: A child is given 10 million dollars just to see what they do with it. They surprise everybody.
Story Idea Generators Can Be A Resource - A good resource for writing prompts?
These sites are computer based and often come up with outlandish pairings without any real direction. I'm not saying you won't find any good story ideas (some even produce story titles), but you may find the results disappointing.
Good Story Titles And Ideas For Horror Fans
Who hasn't took a chance on a book or story because of the title?
31-Feeding Ground: Some campers decide to pitch their tents in the wrong spot.
32- Shaking Hands With Satan: A con man makes a deal with the Devil.
33-Young Sinners: A chemical spill causes a bunch of youngsters to go on a killing spree.
34-Dead Things That Aren't Really Dead: Reluctant zombies descend on a small town.
35-Why Some Humans Prefer Berries: A woman retells the experience that caused her to go vegetarian.
36-The Contest: A new reality show is created in which contestants can really die. Lots of people want the part.
37-A Glimpse of Hell: A very mean person gets a visit from someone offering to show him where he's going to end up if he doesn't change his ways.
38-Hobbyists: Some people have the most terrifying hobbies.
39-John's Demon: Someone calls forth a dark being and binds it in the form of his pet dog.
40-Proof: A skeptic demands proof from the universe that there is such a thing as ghosts - and gets it.
41-The Really Good Sale At Mr. Latt's Store: Mr. Latt needs to get rid of some cursed items really quickly. The town quickly falls into chaos as almost everyone buys at least one of the bargains.
42-Pushpins: A new serial killer has popped up on the FBI's radar. Can you guess the way he kills his victims?
43-The Wrong Kind of Exercise: A man is given set of weight lifing exercises that he has never seen before. They produce immediate results (good and bad).
44-Hold My Hand: A young woman asks a guy to follow her into Hell. He takes her hand and follows her into the adventure of a lifetime.
45-Hangman: Three children wander into some very strange beings that want to play a very dangerous game. Can they adapt, and in the end who will be the true monster?
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A Few Things About Story Titles
1-They should not be dull.
2-Easy to remember is good.
3-Titles should fit the story.
4-You can't copyright a title.
5-Titles can be changed (and often are).
Reading Is A Great Way To Come Up With Creative Writing Ideas - Below are a few of my favorite magazines that I peruse on a regualr basis.
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Neil Gaiman On Story Ideas and Writing
Even More Good, Great and Awesome Story Ideas
While most of these will work as a short story, they can all be developed into full fledged novels (if desired).
46-One Way To Get An A: Two desperate college students decide to kidnap a teacher’s prized cat and get more than they expected when the teacher comes after them – hard.
A Great Story From One Of My Favorite Authors - Warning: If you read one of his books, you'll want to read them all.
If you're a comic book fan I would highly suggest that you try The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman. They are basically a series of short stories with a common supernatural entity. If you're not into comics, then I'd like to suggest the book below.
Old gods and new are pit against one another (in human form) in a struggle for humanity's faith.
The description may be short, but I will say that many film companies have been trying to get the rights to this story. You won't regret not getting it.
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