Individual Characters

  • Write a description of them from the point of view of their best friend or a person who has a crush on them.
  • Write a description of them from the point of view of a person who absolutely hates them.
  • Write their earliest or favorite memory.
  • Design what their Instagram page would look like. (Yes, even if they’re from a time when they don’t have Instagram.)
  • Write their death scene, even if you’re not planning on killing them within the piece.
  • Alternatively, write them a eulogy or obituary.
  • Your character is in high school, and has become valedictorian and has to give a speech at graduation. Write it.
  • Write a letter of recommendation for this character. For what? I don’t care. Write it.
  • Your character has a YouTube channel. Write the script for their most watched video.
  • Write the notes written on the doctor or therapist’s clipboard after a meeting with the character.
  • Your character has been arrested. Write the news posting.
  • What song did your character make an embarrassing dancing video to as a child?
  • Your character has become a celebrity and is on a talk show, telling the story of a traumatic childhood memory…

One-On-One Friendships

  • First meeting scene has been done so many times. Write the first fight instead.
  • Write a series of text conversations between the two.
  • How would they behave at an elementary school sleepover?
  • One friend has been detained–arrested, grounded, detention, you choose–and the other is trying to convince the detainer to let them out.
  • The two decide to enter the school talent show, solely for the $50 Cheesecake Factory gift card prize.
  • For whatever reason, they must pretend to be siblings. Bonus points if they are different races or just look nothing alike.
  • One friend got evicted, and has to live with the other for a week.
  • They’ve been working on a joint bucket list since they became close. Write the list.
  • One is extremely drunk and the other must stop them, as they have decided that now is the time when they just have to…
  • Your characters reunite in a nursing home in their 90s after not having seen each other for at least a decade.
  • A creep hits on one of them, and as friends do, they pretend they’re dating to ward off said creep. Only problem? Said creep keeps showing up.
  • The maid of honor/best man speech.

Friend Groups

  • They’ve been in a car together for 6 hours on a road trip, and someone tries the dreaded “Are we there yet?”.
  • A group picture goes horribly wrong. Write the scene– or draw the picture if you’re a visual artist.
  • It’s middle school. There’s a snow day. Everyone goes sledding. And then…
  • Compile the memes that are most commonly sent in the group chat.
  • They discover one of them has never seen Star Wars. Write the following discourse and movie marathon.
  • Look up “Most likely to” challenges on YouTube, write down the best questions, and use them with the group. Even better, write a scene where the group is using them with each other.
  • Write your characters as overly passionate PTA members planning the next school fundraiser.
  • One of them goes out of town, and the group has to watch their house/plants/pet/kid while they’re gone.
  • A member of the group was minorly wronged. Everyone decides to enact petty revenge.
  • The wedding was going so well, until the rest of the friends decided to make the reception a little more interesting.
  • One friend works at a restaurant. The rest decide to eat there while the friend is working. Describe how the group gets the friend fired in one night.
  • For whatever reason, nobody can go home for Thanksgiving. They decide to have Thanksgiving together instead.

Romantic Relationships

  • Write a breakup scene. Doesn’t matter if they’re not going to break up in your piece.
  • Write the moments when they each knew.
  • One’s meeting the other’s parents for the first time, and accidentally lets slip that…
  • The siblings/friends scheming together about how to get the two to date without being creepy.
  • Write the stupidest argument they’ve ever had.
  • What text message conversation is framed in their apartment/house?
  • Somehow kill one of them, and let the other react.
  • It’s Valentine’s Day. The couple goes out to eat, when both of their exes walk in… with each other.
  • The Mario Kart match neither of them is allowed to talk about.
  • They’re not speaking. Write the development of the fight only through conversations with the buffer friend.
  • Write a proposal scene, even if you’re not planning on them getting married in your piece.
  • They return to the place where they first met/kissed/dated. Somehow, the place has been changed, and not for the better.