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A Story Every Day - Prompts for January 2024

My streak is about to begin! WISH ME LUCK!

By L.C. SchäferPublished 4 months ago 4 min read
A Story Every Day - Prompts for January 2024
Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

I was going to post this tomorrow, but for those who are joining me I thought you might like a list of prompts a bit sooner, to give your brain a chance to mull on them.


The aim is to post a short story (flash fiction) EVERY DAY in 2024.

Here's the post about it, and the follow-up.


  • Word limit is 366 (minimum count 300)
  • The prompts are aids only, not challenges (unless you want to use them that way).
  • It doesn't have to be perfect. Hopefully a decent standard, but not perfect. Perfection is the enemy of creativity, no? The idea is to get the juices flowing. Stories that are short and sweet, and plenty of them.
  • There's a way to keep your streak going if you know in advance you won't be able to get online on certain dates


1st (New Year's Day) (It had to be) a story about New Beginnings. Interpret that however you like!

2nd (World Introvert Day) Your main character is an introvert. Any genre, any theme, any perspective.

4th (World Braille Day) A story in the first person where your main character cannot see.

5th (Last Day of Christmas) Sentient Christmas tree decorations.

6th (World Day of War Orphans) Write a story about a child orphaned by war.

8th (Elvis' birthday)

By JR Harris on Unsplash

Here's your prompts - choose any of them

  • Write a story about a character called Elvis
  • Use an Elvis song for inspiration. (Link to it at the start of the story.)
  • Some theorise he faked his death. What if he did? Why did he? How did he pull it off? What happened next?

15th (MLK day) Write a story centred around at least one of the issues, themes and qualities MLK is famous for. You've got bags to choose from (this is not an exhaustive list) - segregation, civil rights, disobedience, superb oration. Take your pick.

21st (World Religion Day) Write a story about a fictional religion you've invented

22nd (Cervical Cancer Prevention Week) Write a story with female reproductive health at the centre of it

24th (Day of Education) Write a story set in a school. Base the school, or class, or teacher on the one that was perfect for you, or the one you wish you had.

25th (Burns Night) Include a poem and/or set your story in Scotland

If you have a birthday in January: On your birthday, write a story that is autobiographical, or partly autobiographical.

Photo prompts

By Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash

By Leio McLaren on Unsplash

By Sander Sammy on Unsplash
By B K on Unsplash
By Bruno Kelzer on Unsplash

Prompts from other Vocal members

(Please leave a small tip for the person who suggested it if you use the prompt)

- From Kenny Penn - Genre: Stoner in Time. Subject: Satisfying revenge. Action: Hanging

- From Stephen Kramer Avitabile - The gravity shifts in, and only in, the main characters house.

From - Alexander McEvoy - Include the line, "I am way too sober for this"

More Prompts

  • a title prompt for "Janus", the Roman god with two faces. Use the title Hidden Faces. Someone is not what they seem - a con man, a spy, an assassin, a bigamist with a second family, a shapeshifter, whatever.
  • a society where it's unlawful to eat or use animal products
  • an undelivered letter changes the course of person's life, or the course of history
  • the theme is going sober, or a story set in a "dry" region
  • a woman who wants to murder her husband
  • someone is trapped in a maze/tomb/laboratory. Why, what happens?
  • Start with the line "She made a poor job of hiding the damage"
  • a story about a mythical sea creature but NOT a mermaid/merperson
  • your main character is a woman who just got her period. It's blue. What now?
  • your main character is a child who lives on a farm with strict parent/guardian(s). She wakes up one day with the ability to hear the animals speaking to her.
  • a Bond-esque protagonist, but he's not human


Here are the Vocalites joining me on this adventure (if I've missed you, please let me know in the comments.) Please go and sub if you haven't already, and get your pom poms ready 😁

Sirena Carroll - The Blind Single Mom

Rachel Deeming

Deni Sahaya

Conor Darrall

Paul Stewart

Gerard DiLeo

Mother Combs


Thank you for reading! Please leave me a comment so it's easy for me to reciprocate.

More prompts always welcome! 👇


About the Creator

L.C. Schäfer

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  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsden3 months ago

    Can’t wait to see what treasures emerge. Good luck

  • Shirley Belk3 months ago

    Rachel inspired me: https://vocal.media/writers/seven-days-6m1h0w6c

  • Shirley Belk3 months ago

    I submitted 2 stories well over 15 hours ago that are yet to be published. Anyone else going through this issue? Sorry for posting this here, L.C., but trying to keep up with the daily challenge and thought others might be, too.

  • Xine Segalas3 months ago

    What a great idea. Loved your story. I’ll have to give this a try too. Thanks for the ideas.

  • Shirley Belk3 months ago

    Here's my Jan 4th writing day to day, as best as I can to do that: https://vocal.media/poets/wuthering-heights-sent-to-publisher-on-this-day

  • Alexander McEvoy3 months ago

    Neat, I'm on a list! Awesome collection, LC! Can't wait to see what you bring together throughout the year!

  • Good luck with this

  • Still think this is so cool. So many great prompts in there! I’m excited to try to follow along and read as many as I can. Good luck!

  • Best wishes to each & everyone of you for a great year of writing. Great prompts, L.C.!

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    I am so sorry that I wasn't able to commit to this; the next several months are going to be too full. I will be following the progress of the project, happily binge reading the creations of those who "signed on" and cheering them on.

  • Rachel Deeming4 months ago

    Can I just say that I feel like I am in good company in this mad escapade? I meant to add that earlier. Forgot. Focusing on ideas and not a lot else. Happy New Year. Got to write a story before tomorrow. Don't panic. It will all be fine. It doesn't have to be good. It just has to be there. Breathe. No pressure.

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    Oh wow! This is a lot. My head is spinning, but I will reread to get it right. Quite a challenge you have here, sounds interesting. Good luck with it you guys.

  • Rachel Deeming4 months ago

    I must be mad.

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    That image. lol. Just. what. lol. Okay. so yeah. This will be fun. Maybe? I'm looking forward to it lol. I meant to ask...and can't remember if it's been covered. Do you want anyone taking part to make a reference to it and all that sorta shizz? Thanks for a whopping great load of prompts. I also meant to ask...do we need to stick to the prompts? Total Paulmoment, asking lots of questions in the last few hours before it all kicks off.

  • Sid Aaron Hirji4 months ago

    cool idea

  • These are great. My goal is to I’m publish an article a day. Some will be fiction but most pieces I’m writing will be non-fiction pieces that are inspired by life. But the goal is daily.

  • Oooo, create a new religion, woman who wants to murder her husband and the blue period, those are what intrigued me the most. I wish you or anyone that's joining you would write for thise prompts! 😁

  • Grz Colm4 months ago

    Good luck!! ☺️

  • The Dani Writer4 months ago

    Great stuff L.C.! I'll be doing my own variation of this by writing every day in different genres and not publishing. I'm sure a lot of good will still come out of this development and insight-wise. Plus, I'll have my virtual pom-poms and be "pom-pom-ming" those of you doing this one. RAH-RAH-SIS-BOOM-BAH and keep writing! 😁

  • Shirley Belk4 months ago

    L.C., your works and discipline inspire me to become better by practice. I'll do my best to practice, but can't resolve to do day to day writing. But I'll resolve to try, at least.

  • All the best... that's an impressive list of great prompts!

  • K. Kocheryan4 months ago

    Good Luck! The prompts are interesting!

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    I guess I'm running out of time to commit. Decisions, decisions... BTW, I am thoroughly enjoying Glass Dolls!

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