* Still life paintings at a holiday villa depict familiar scenes from your past. But you’ve never been here before.
* You never open the door when they’re knocking. Never.
* Half-starved, I almost didn’t notice m fries weren’t fries at all… but something far more sinister.
* An incurable virus has been stolen from a top security research lab and been placed in a town’s drinking water.

* I pressed my palm to the glass. My breath caught as my reflection gripped my hand & bared its teeth in a grin.
* Its evil red eyes burned into mine. I froze with cold terror as I realised the face staring back at me was my own.
* They are on a ferris wheel, and everything is going great – until it gets stuck at the very top. For thirty whole minutes.
* Won’t let himget out of bed by cuddling them.

* The savage way the new lodgers gorged themselves at our welcome dinner told me that we, like our home, were theirs now.
* As we walked through the wood the trees leaned inwards, and my hands became sticky not with sap… but with blood.
* Your bare feet pound the forest floor as you realise you are not the hunted, you are the hunter.
* You find a duffel bag beside the road and stop to investigate. What’s in it? What happens next?

* Imagine living in the dark deep past, when only a few million people exist on the entire planet. And monsters.
* I expected the knock at the door would come eventually, but I didn’t expect it to happen at midnight.
* You get a call in the middle of the night: it’s a lawyer. You’ve inherited an estate, but there’s a catch.
* I seldom found time for reflection but now, alone at sea; I’m inundated with re-emerging memories from my past.

* {A} taking {B} out for Valentine’s Day to cheer them up after their original plans with someone else fell through. As {A} tries their best to make {B} happy and succeeds after only a few attempts, {B} realizes they would have rather been with {A} anyways.
{* B} hurt their ankle and is laid up with a cast and crutches. {A} is sitting next to them, doodling little hearts on their cast to cheer them up.
* {B} lends their sweater to {A}. When {A} is home, they realize they still have {B}’s sweater and find {B}’s iPod. Out of curiosity, {A} looks through {B}’s music and finds a playlist titled with {A}’s name.
* {A} is alone in the rain because they forgot to bring an umbrella, {B} offers to share theirs.

* They lived alone, so they were alarmed to see flowers and a sweating glass of champagne on the table when they arrived home.
* A band goes on a tour in 1982. In every new town oddities occur that seem to be connected to the band somehow.
* Five people meet over dinner. All their deaths are scheduled for two weeks’ time. Some want to die, some do not.
* An innocent tweet about your breakfast spirals out of control, when a strange police squad arrests you for treason.

* The door to the yoga studio was wide open when it should have been closed. But I had locked it myself last night.
* Imagine your protagonist finds a loved one acting completely out of character, for no explicable reason. Why is it?
* As the elevator door is about to close, you lock eyes with someone on the other side – someone from the past.
* The protagonist lives a normal life until they adopt a cat, unaware that it ran away from its previous owner – the devil.

* We all have deep, dark secrets. Something we saw, did, or heard. Write about that thing you’ve never told anyone.
* The proprietor of the trattoria was puzzled by the customer who arrived every Tuesday at exactly 12.30.
* You stand accused of killing the Queen. The only person who can vouch for you is her ghost. No one can see her.
* You’re preparing for bed, you glance outside & there’s a car you don’t recognise. Then your doorbell rings….

* A character needs help, but there’s a catch: they need to keep their goal a total secret from the helper.
* If only, they thought, they had spelled my name right in my obituary, then this might have been a brighter day.
* You wake, uneasy. There’s a soft, regular sound coming from downstairs. The baby is gone, your home altered…
* Whilst walking your dog in the snow, you notice the tracks it leaves behind are human footprints.

* Doesn’t like talking on the phone, but {B} always calls them instead of texting. {B} admits that it’s because they want to hear {A}’s voice.
* Wakes to find that it had snowed overnight and gets excited about playing in it. {B} gets excited because this means that when {A} comes inside, it will be time for cuddling by the fire.
* {A} and {B} reveal their tumblr blogs to each other. {B} turns out to be {A}’s #1 tumblr crush.
* {B} drags {A} into the freezing cold to make a snowman.

* {A} and {B} sending each other sexy and silly selfies.
* Them meeting at the age of five years old on the first day of kindergarten.
* Them getting a puppy/kitty, and arguing over names.
* {A} being careful (or not at all careful) taking off {B}’s shirt because {B} is extremely ticklish.

* You come to work one day to find all emails & social media accounts logged in to another person. Who are they?
* A local take-away doesn’t have a menu or serve food, but weird customers come and go. You get a job to investigate.
* I don’t know what made me follow them. They looked just like any other couple…
* A mirror in the protagonist’s new house allows them to see into the life of someone murdered there fifty years ago.

* If the people of the town had not been so eager to avoid eye contact they might’ve had an idea of what was coming.
* The skull I’d placed in the kitchen window to deter unwanted visitors may not have helped.
* Playing the message for the second time, they shivered. They hadn’t been known by that name for years.
* In a train station, you see someone interesting and steal their bag and ticket. Where will your new items take you?

* Nobody at the funeral was sure what had killed him, but they all had theories.
* Write about a murder in a bouncy castle.
* You suspect your partner is an online troll. How do you find out for sure, and what do you do?
* The week before your home is due to be repossessed, your new boss calls you with an intriguing offer.

* You are alone. Where are you? You are curious, fearless. What will you do? You can explore. What will you find?
* What kind of person brings a toddler to a funeral? And who the hell leaves one there?
* A man you faintly recognise is glaring at you as though he wished you dead. Who is he and why is he so angry?
* Only one box was left in the attic. I had no idea what it was – or even if I had packed it up and put it there.

* It had been stupid of me to even suggest it, but they committed a sin when they agreed. Everything had changed.
* You wake up after a successful date, in a room decorated almost identically to your own.
* People either fall for me or try to kill me. Little did I know that today, it would be both.
* A beautiful letter to ‘the current occupant’ arrives. Inside is a red, silk handkerchief and an address on a card.

* It all began the day I found myself on my knees cleaning out a dead man’s fridge.
* You are mistaken for a member of a cult when you accidentally imitate their secret greeting.
* A detective finally hunts down a notorious killer, only to realise upon their arrest that they agree with the killer’s motive.
* The knife had missed by an inch. This had to be the last time. Gently she took it from him, holding her breath.

* In a bookshop, you see a book with your name on the spine. Your picture is on the book jacket. YOu did not write it.
* Alone, the protagonist waits. Today, after twenty five years, they will finally meet their daughter.
* Every year on the same day a new letter comes: ‘They’re alive, and they’re waiting for you.
* I saw them across the room, their arm around a new lover. The first person I ever loved. The first person I’d ever kill.

* Mother had been dead for eleven years when I saw her on a packed train.
* The pizza chef was dead, smothered in mozzarella and tomatoes. Was it murder? Or had he topped himself?
* I stood there waiting for the door to open, my heart thumping, my eyes burning. I knew it was the only way.
* While checking the post you find that a letter has been sent to you from your deceased partner. What does it say?

* You awaken encircled by eleven skeletons, your hand stamped with the number 12. What does this mean? Are you next?
* The wind blew hard, and as the waves crept further up the beach the evidence slowly disappeared from the sand.
* You stumble across your headstone at your local cemetery. Someone has written your epitaph. What does it say?
* Then, very faintly, from the house next door, came the sound of breaking glass.

* Is about to leave for work. {B} asks them if they’ve forgotten anything, and {A} gives them a kiss. {B} turns red and opens their hand to reveal {A}’s keys/wallet/etc., saying ‘I meant this, but thanks.’
* Buys a box of sweets and puts them in the cupboard. {B} spontaneously eats them all in the middle of the night and tries to keep it a secret.
* Is it hot in here or is it just me? {B}: It’s you. {A}: What? {B}: What?
* Them playing with sidewalk chalk like they’re kids again.

* Them accidentally (or purposefully) dozing off in a hammock together as the sun sets and the air cools down.
* Them huddled by the fireplace at night after making snow angels in the fresh snow.
* Their first holiday season together.
* Wants to use their laptop on the couch, but {A} always occupies the space in their lap.

* You sail back to land after a storm. No one remember who you are – neither spouse, nor friends, nor children.
* A murder at a secluded crime writing retreat leads to some unusual methods of detecting the killer.
* They had the party all planned out; a night of luxury, games, and twisted schemes.
* The car sped away; they’d left me for dead by the roadside. Stupid of them, when I was alive and furious.

* Every morning I had to hide my ex’s shoes; because every morning they came back from the grave and reappeared under my bed.
* Recount the story of a family name, as told by the ghosts who bore it.
* You awake with a jellyfish tattoo on your palm. Turning on the news, everyone has one. You set out to find out why.
* Your spouse disappears for two weeks, then returns with a newborn.

* The moonlight is so bright it wakes you. Looking out your window, you see the taxidermist working.
* The protagonist investigates a murder, only to find out they were the one who committed it.
* You’re a valet driver parking a car. Inside you find a crumpled note with your own address on it. What do you do?
* They took the same seat they always did. This time, there was someone with them.

* I knew it was over the day they shouted for mushrooms.
* Two days after the proposal, they found a card at their doorstep, written in messy handwriting: ‘DON’T MARRY THEM.’
* In order to merge their businesses, two wealthy people are forced into an unwanted arranged marriage.
* An unattached billionaire wants to find a worthwhile heir, so they pretend to be broke.

* Write a story from the point of view of a 100 year old mirror.
* The street lamp seemed brighter with them standing underneath. She looked at me and there was just the two of us.
* We’d matched on Tinder, and arranged to meet. I was happy until I saw the slogan on their t-shirt.
* They’ve never met outside of a dream, but they are in love. One is the Moon and one the Sun.

* A child’s imaginary friend needs to convince the child they’re real so they don’t disappear.
* Choking on ash, I watched helplessly as the great tree Yggdrasil burned.
* The protagonist starts a job in a psychiatric unit and is transported into the clients’ hallucinations. Can they get back?
* In a world where magic is gained through one’s interactions with others, how does your antagonist acquire power?

* I climbed to the top of the mountain, and then I knew I would be free.”,
* They began to run, faster and faster, as quickly as their short legs could carry them. There was no turning back now.
* Carefully you lift the quill and open the small vial of ink. This is the most difficult letter to write…
* Two gay puffins want to adopt an egg. Will the RSPB help them in their quest for responsible parenthood?