This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

The drama genre captures the essence of life’s trials and triumphs, inviting audiences and readers alike into worlds both vastly different and strikingly similar to their own.

The following drama writing prompts are designed to ignite the imagination of writers.

Check them out below.


75 Drama Writing Prompts

Creating drama writing prompts can be an engaging way to inspire stories filled with conflict, emotion, and character growth. Here are 75 prompts designed to spark your creativity, whether you’re writing a play, screenplay, novel, or short story:

  1. A character discovers a hidden letter revealing a family secret.
  2. Two strangers are the only survivors of a plane crash in a remote area.
  3. A young lawyer takes on a case that challenges their moral compass.
  4. A forbidden romance between members of rival families.
  5. An ambitious artist struggles to balance their passion with personal responsibilities.
  6. A whistleblower faces the consequences of exposing corruption in a powerful corporation.
  7. A time traveler tries to prevent a historical tragedy, but falls in love with someone from the past.
  8. A group of friends on a remote camping trip uncover something sinister.
  9. A detective becomes too emotionally involved in a case.
  10. An immigrant’s journey to build a new life while facing prejudice.
  11. A soldier returning home struggles with PTSD and reintegrating into society.
  12. A family is torn apart by a will that reveals unexpected conditions and secrets.
  13. A couple’s marriage is tested when one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
  14. A community is shaken by a series of mysterious disappearances.
  15. An athlete faces a career-ending injury and must find a new path in life.
  16. A politician’s career is threatened by a scandal from their past.
  17. A scientist makes a breakthrough discovery that challenges ethical boundaries.
  18. An undercover agent gets too close to the criminal organization they’re infiltrating.
  19. A child prodigy wrestles with expectations and their own desires.
  20. A person gains the ability to hear others’ thoughts, uncovering more than they bargained for.
  21. A parent and child reconcile after years of estrangement.
  22. A heist gone wrong forces criminals to confront their own morality.
  23. A celebrity’s fall from grace and their journey to redemption.
  24. A young adult must choose between familial duty and personal dreams.
  25. An ancient curse haunts a family generation after generation.
  26. A character faces a moral dilemma after finding a bag of money.
  27. A betrayal among friends leads to a web of lies and revenge.
  28. A natural disaster traps a group of characters, revealing their true selves.
  29. An aging athlete attempts a comeback against all odds.
  30. A character is accused of a crime they didn’t commit.
  31. A couple adopting a child faces unexpected challenges.
  32. A rivalry between two chefs in a high-stakes culinary competition.
  33. A survivor of a cult struggles to adjust to normal life.
  34. A character receives a heart transplant and begins to take on the traits of the donor.
  35. An actor’s obsession with a role leads to blurred lines between fiction and reality.
  36. A character embarks on a quest to find a lost parent.
  37. A dystopian society where emotions are forbidden.
  38. A small town’s dark secrets are uncovered by a new arrival.
  39. A character must navigate the dangerous world of organized crime to protect their family.
  40. A magical realism story where a character can see the future but cannot change it.
  41. A journalist fights to expose the truth in a corrupt society.
  42. A character struggles with addiction and the journey to recovery.
  43. A forbidden love story set in a futuristic society.
  44. A story of survival in a post-apocalyptic world.
  45. A family’s generational curse comes to a head with the youngest member.
  46. A character’s life changes after swapping bodies with a stranger.
  47. A person tries to rebuild their life after losing everything.
  48. A tale of revenge between two powerful families.
  49. A character discovers they are part of a government experiment.
  50. A love triangle with a supernatural twist.
  51. An artist finds a mysterious painting that holds the key to their past.
  52. A character must choose between love and duty.
  53. A story exploring the complexities of identity and gender.
  54. A group of survivors on a deserted island uncover a mystery.
  55. A ghost seeking to resolve unfinished business in the living world.
  56. A political thriller set in a volatile regime.
  57. A character becomes entangled in the world of espionage.
  58. A forbidden relationship challenges societal norms.
  59. A family is haunted by a tragic event from their past.
  60. A story of redemption for a character who has lost their way.
  61. A rivalry between two magicians becomes dangerously intense.
  62. A journey through a fantastical land to break a curse.
  63. A character must save their sibling from a cult.
  64. A prophecy foretells a great calamity, and characters must prevent it.
  65. A story of friendship tested by a moral dilemma.
  66. An exploration of the impact of technology on human relationships.
  67. A character is forced to confront their past when an old friend reappears.
  68. A rivalry turns into an unexpected partnership to overcome a common enemy.
  69. A person must navigate the complexities of a polyamorous relationship.
  70. A character’s ability to manipulate dreams becomes a curse.
  71. A small town detective uncovers a national conspiracy.
  72. A character is reincarnated with memories of their past life, affecting their present.
  73. A historical drama about a revolution that changes the fate of a nation.
  74. A character faces discrimination while trying to reveal their true identity.
  75. A tale of sacrifice, where a character must give up something precious for the greater good.

These prompts can serve as a foundation for stories that explore deep emotional truths, challenge societal norms, and capture the complexities of the human condition.

Feel free to adapt and combine prompts to create unique and compelling narratives.

Now, go get writing before your estranged uncle reveals a tragic secret about your family heritage.