This is a variant of the Gibberish Times Five writing prompt, but focuses on a single concept instead of attempting to write a story based on five random words. Select an interesting noun like school or serial-killer. This can be a randomly chosen word or one that represents a topic that interests the writer. The choice of a word representing a person, a place, or a thing will have a large impact on the kind of story that is written.
Once you have your story word, place it with a series of other words until you find a combination that sparks your imagination. For instance, I placed bully in front of school and came away with bully school—a special gathering place for bullies. Just from the name I can tell the story is going to center around this unlikely school and that it feels like a humorous middle-grade book. And I attached account to serial-killer. That’s right, my story is about a serial-killer accountant who is probably motivated to kill by the numbers he deals with all day long.
Here’s a short list of people, places, and things to get you started.
Person Place Thing
Serial-Killer School Quest
Celebrity Popular Tourist Spot Bus
Cook On A Fishing Boat Door
Accountant Inside a Movie/Book Thing-a-ma-bob
Homeless Person The Smallest Town Book
RepoMan/Woman Island Package/Bag
Tour Guide Castle Ticket
Busy Body Small Bakery Holiday
Horrible Gossip Candy Store Sport
Fictional Character Newspaper Game
Example: I selected angel as my story word, because I find them interesting. Then I looked through the list above and my eyes were gravitated toward tour guide. Which makes my sample story about an angel tour guide.
Angel-cation – Lucy is still getting used to the idea of being an angel and how to use her powers, when a routine retrieval mission takes her to Italy to bring a young tour guide back for Afterlife Orientation. Eager to visit all the tourist spots in Italy, Lucy sends the tour guide spirit on her way to Heaven and takes her place on the tour bus. But midway through the tour she finds that lost spirits are being attracted to her and that the only way to guide them back to where they belong is to finish the tour before their essence is forever lost to Limbo.