Today, I want students to write a short story set in space. It needs to have a beginning, middle, and end. There are no time restrictions, but aim for at least a page of writing. Think about the following questions:
Who is your protagonist (main character)? Who are your supporting characters? What do they look like? What is their backstory/history? What are their goals?
Who is your antagonist (aka: the opponent of your main character)? What is their story? What is their goal?
Where does your story take place? On an unknown planet? On a spaceship? Somewhere else in space? What is it like? Does it rain purple all the time? Does it have two moons? Is your spaceship bright blue and breaks down everytime you leave a new planet? Describe in detail the setting where your story takes place.
What is at stake in your story? What do the characters want? Do they all have the same goal or different ones? Do they want to save a planet or their ship? Or do they want to destroy it? Are they searching for a new home?
If space isn’t your thing, you can choose any story idea that comes to mind. Most of these questions can apply to any story you are writing. Remember, the first draft of your story is for yourself. Just get your ideas on the page. Let the words come, good or bad. If you love your story idea, you can revise later.