Mystery Writing Prompts

Embrace your mysterious side and write a dramatic story now with one of these fun prompts.

1
Write about the disappearance of a person that lives in a small town.
2
Craft a spooky story where the narrator is unknown to the reader.

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3
You’ve stopped at a quaint town off the highway. But where are all the townspeople?
4
Surrealism is an art movement that utilizes imagery from the unconscious mind. Base a short story off of a dream you had but didn’t quite understand.
5
Using an abandoned building in your city, create a backstory for why it’s no longer occupied.
6
While walking past the local park at night, your character stumbles into a detective who thinks your character is the perfect suspect. Is the detective right or wrong?
7
The phone rings early one morning. The person on the other end says nothing but “You’ll be getting a letter in the mail today.” What happens next?
8
A professor of archaeology figures out an important artifact has suddenly gone missing. Who, or what, took it?
9
Take an unassuming story from today’s news and retell it as a mystery thriller.
10
Imagine a family member has disappeared. How did you contribute to their disappearance?
11
You and your family are taking a vacation to a fishing town. The keeper of the lighthouse, however, has some stories to tell you. What are they?
12
Take a superstition or spooky story from your country, and write about it actually happening to someone.
13
Write about a detective who has to figure out why they were hired.
14
Something is off about your new neighbors. What secrets are they hiding?
15
The lights go out at a museum gala. When they come back on, the most valuable piece has been stolen! Who took it?
16
Your character has awoken with amnesia. There is a strange key in their pocket. How do they figure out what the key is to?
17
Write about a character who survives an assassination attempt and must find out who tried to do them in.
18
Write a story where you try to solve your favorite unsolved murder.

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