*Recitals, shows, or competitions
*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
*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
I tend to either tell stories from history or folktales, but I also 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 or how they happened
*Jokes or pranks – especially ones that backfired
*Loss or Love stories
*Names or Nicknames and why they were given
*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-
The Story Starter Suggestions are arranged alphabetically for ease
of browsing. After all those years as a storyteller-
Go to the Storytelling Resources section and click on Specialized Resources to find other Story Starter ideas in the “Wonderful, but Hard to Categorize” section.
*What you used to wear, When someone you know was younger, or When you lost your first tooth.
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