*Scariest thing that ever happened to you, Sneaking out or running away, or Special
times with relatives
*Things that go bump in the night or Trades and professions
*Useful routines and how they began
*Vacations or travels
*What you used to wear, When someone you know was younger, or When you lost your
*X = the Unknown, what do you fear or wish you knew?
*Your family came to your aid
*Zorro or other heroes & heroines to meet or become
Story Starter Suggestions
While I prefer telling folktales, I sometimes create my own tall tales (now would
I lie? NEVER!) and even some original stories. This list is intended to get you started
thinking of the many original stories you already have lurking inside you. An actual
story writing workshop looks at examples of this and gives participants an opportunity
to start creating.
*Babysitting, Best friends, Best/Worst time in school, Birth stories, Birthdays,
or a Building and why it's important
*Colorful relative, Coming home after a long time, or Curiosity causing trouble
*Dogs, cats, or other pets
*Escapes, narrow or failed
*Family resemblances (physical/temperamental), Family work project, or Fights
*Gardening or adventures in nature
*Holiday memories and traditions or How mom and dad or you and your spouse) met
*Injuries that embarrass you
*Jokes or pranks that backfired
*Loss or Love stories
*Mix-ups and what happened as a result
*Names or Nicknames and why they were given
*Objects: hand-me-downs, heirlooms, quilts, or others (for example, those you carry
with you all the time)
*Person important to you who has died, Place where you lived, Present(s), or Punishments
*Quitting a habit or job or . . .
Sometimes storytellers want to create a story or re-tell an actual incident. This
is intended as a way to generate ideas. Its own generation began with a discussion
on the email discussion list, STORYTELL.
The Story Starter Suggestions are arranged alphabetically for ease of browsing. After
all those years as a storyteller-librarian what did you expect? Dewey Decimal System?
Go to theStorytelling Resources section and click on Specialized Resources to find
other Story Starter ideas in the “Wonderful, but Hard to Categorize” section.