10 Engaging Story Writing Games For Adults

Are you someone with exceptional imagination power looking to pen down your creative and captivating thoughts? Well, then put on your thinking caps and get ready to dive into the endless possibilities of storytelling. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a beginner, these games will challenge you to push your boundaries and create unforgettable characters, settings, and plots.

No longer will you have to struggle with writer’s block or lack of inspiration. Just like writing activities, with these games, you’ll be transported to new worlds and challenged to come up with exciting and unique stories. From mystery-solving detectives to time-traveling adventurers, the possibilities are endless.

Get ready to unleash your inner storyteller and let your imagination run wild. Who knows what incredible tales you’ll come up with? So grab a pen and paper, gather your friends, and get ready to embark on a journey like no other. It’s time to unlock your creativity and see where your imagination can take you!

Unleashing the inner storyteller: Fun and engaging story writing games for adults

1. Character Creation Quest: Unleash Your Imagination”

Welcome, aspiring storytellers, to the enchanting realm of character creation! Are you ready to embark on an epic adventure where you will breathe life into captivating characters? Prepare to delve deep into their backgrounds, unravel their personalities, and unveil their motivations. Get your creative juices flowing as we embark on the Character Creation Quest!

Story Writing Games For Adults

Game Instructions:

  • Backstory Bonanza: Begin by rolling the Story Dice (virtual or physical) to determine the elements of your character’s backstory. The dice could represent things like hometown, family life, or significant experiences. Use the results to craft a unique and intriguing backstory for your character.
  • Personality Puzzle: Engage in a lively character personality quiz! Answer a series of thought-provoking questions and determine your character’s traits. Are they brave or shy? Optimistic or skeptical? Each answer will shape your character’s personality and make them come alive in your story.
  • Sketch Quest: Grab your pens and paper! It’s time to bring your character to life visually. Draw or create a digital artwork of your character, capturing their appearance, personality, and unique features. Let your imagination run wild as you give form to the hero or heroine of your tale.
  • Story Spotlight: Share the spotlight! Gather with fellow adventurers and take turns showcasing your characters. Each storyteller will have a chance to introduce their character, sharing their backstory, personality, and motivations. As you listen to others, you might find inspiration for collaborative storytelling adventures.

2. Dialogue Dynamo: Master the Art of Conversations

Welcome, wordsmiths and storytellers, to the exhilarating world of Dialogue Dynamo! Prepare to embark on a thrilling game that will put your conversational prowess to the test. Just like articulation activities, this activity will also encourage you to weave words, create compelling dialogues, and master the art of conversations like never before!

Dialogue Dynamo: Master the Art of Conversations

Game Instructions:

  • Scene Selection: Choose a setting or scenario for your dialogue game. It could be a coffee shop, a park, or even a spaceship! The setting will influence the tone and dynamics of the conversations.
  • Topic Time: Make chits with different topics and put it in a bowl and every participant needs to select one chit for the topic. It could be something simple like “favorite food” or something more complex like “forgiveness.” Use the chosen topic as the foundation for your dialogue.
  • Timer Challenge: Set a time limit for each participant to create a dialogue based on the chosen topic. It could be 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or even shorter for a quick-fire round. The challenge is to create an engaging conversation within the given time frame.
  • Storytelling Showdown: For an added twist, incorporate the created dialogues into a larger story. Each participant can contribute their dialogues, interweaving them into a cohesive narrative. Witness the magic unfold as dialogues merge to create a captivating tale.

3. Rewrite a Classic

They say there are no new stories, only new ways of telling them. But what if you could take a classic story and give it a fresh twist? That’s the challenge of rewriting a classic. By reimagining the characters, setting, and themes, you can breathe new life into an old tale and create something that’s both familiar and surprising.

Rewrite a Classic

Game Instructions:

  • Classic Remix: In this game, participants will select a classic story or fairy tale and give it a modern twist. Each player will choose a classic tale from a predetermined list or come up with their own. They will then brainstorm and reimagine the characters, setting, and themes to create a fresh and exciting retelling.
  • Modern Mashup: Players will form teams or work individually to rewrite classic stories with a contemporary twist. They can combine elements from different classic tales or blend them with modern genres. For example, imagine Alice in Wonderland meets Cyberpunk or Romeo and Juliet set in a dystopian future. Encourage creativity and innovation in the storytelling process.
  • Present and Discuss: After the rewriting process, each participant or team will present their modernized version of the classic story. They will explain the changes they made, highlighting the reasons behind their choices. Engage in a lively discussion about the effectiveness of the modern twist and how it enhances or transforms the original story.
  • Audience Vote: To add an interactive element, have an audience vote to determine the most captivating and imaginative rewritten classic. Participants can cast their votes based on creativity, originality, and the seamless integration of modern elements. Celebrate the winners and the innovative retellings they have crafted.

4. Flash Fiction

In a world where our attention spans are constantly shrinking, flash fiction is the perfect antidote. By crafting a complete story in just a few hundred words, you can pack a powerful punch and leave your readers wanting more. But writing flash fiction isn’t easy – it requires skill, precision, and a willingness to edit and refine until you’ve distilled your story down to its essence.

Flash Fiction

Game Instructions:

  • Prompt Pile: Prepare a collection of writing prompts and place them in a pile or jar. Each participant will take turns randomly selecting a prompt as inspiration for their flash fiction story.
  • Time Challenge: Set a time limit, such as 10 or 15 minutes, for participants to write their flash fiction piece based on the chosen prompt. Encourage them to focus on creating a clear beginning, middle, and end within the given time frame.
  • Share and Feedback: After the time is up, each participant will read their flash fiction story aloud to the group. Following each reading, engage in a constructive feedback session where participants can offer praise and provide suggestions for improvement.
  • Writer’s Choice: For an added twist, allow participants to choose a prompt from the pile that resonates with them the most. This prompts a deeper connection and personalization in their flash fiction writing.
  • Flash Fiction Showcase: Organize a flash fiction showcase where participants can showcase their favorite pieces that they have written during the game. Create a supportive and encouraging environment for everyone to appreciate the creativity and brevity of each flash fiction story.

5. Setting Exploration

Take your readers on a journey to a place they’ve never been before with a story that explores a specific setting in depth. With vivid sensory details, you can make the setting feel like a character in the story, influencing the plot and shaping the characters’ experiences.

 Setting Exploration

Game Instructions:

  • Imaginary Exploration: Participants will collectively create an imaginary setting for their storytelling adventure. They can draw inspiration from real-world locations, and fictional worlds, or combine elements from different places. Encourage them to think about unique and captivating settings that haven’t been explored before.
  • Sensory Sensations: Each participant will take turns describing the setting they have imagined, focusing on vivid sensory details. They should evoke the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of the setting to make it come alive in the minds of the listeners.
  • Sensory Showdown: Engage in a sensory challenge where participants must use their descriptive abilities to transport listeners to the imagined setting. Each person takes turns sharing vivid descriptions of the setting, utilizing sensory details to paint a picture in the minds of the audience. Encourage participants to think beyond sight and explore the lesser-explored senses, such as taste, smell, and touch.
  • Reflect and Discuss: After the storytelling adventure, engage in a reflective discussion about the power of the setting in storytelling. Encourage participants to share their thoughts on how the setting influenced the characters and the overall narrative. Discuss the impact of sensory details in creating an immersive reading or listening experience.
  • Map Creation: As a concluding activity, participants can collaborate on creating a visual map of the imagined setting. This map can showcase the key landmarks, geographical features, and important locations within the setting. Allow participants to contribute their ideas and bring the setting to life visually.

6. Point of View Shift

See your story from a new perspective with a point-of-view shift. By retelling a scene from a different character’s point of view, you can add depth and complexity to your characters, as well as create new opportunities for tension and conflict.

Point of View Shift

Game Instructions:

  • Scene Swap: Participants will choose a scene from a well-known story or create their own scene. Each player will then write the scene from a different character’s point of view. The goal is to capture the unique perspective, thoughts, and emotions of the chosen character, adding depth and complexity to the scene.
  • Group Guesswork: Players will form teams and take turns reading out their scenes without revealing the original narrator. The other teams must guess which character’s perspective is being portrayed. The team with the most correct guesses wins. This game encourages critical thinking and understanding of character motivations and viewpoints.
  • POV Spotlight: Each participant will have the opportunity to share their point of view shift scene with the group. After reading, engage in a discussion about how the shift in perspective changed the scene’s dynamics and affected the readers’ understanding of the characters and events.
  • Empathy Exercise: In this game, participants will choose a real-life scenario or a current event. Each player will write a short scene from the perspective of a person involved in that situation, aiming to foster empathy and understanding. Encourage discussions about the impact of various perspectives on resolving conflicts and promoting empathy in real life.

7. Time Travel

Explore the history and the future with a story that takes place in multiple time periods. From the ancient past to the distant future, time travel can create a sense of wonder and excitement, allowing you to tell a story that spans generations.

Time Travel

Game Instructions:

  • Temporal Mashup: Participants will choose a time period from a selection or create their own. Each player will write a short story that seamlessly transitions between two or more time periods. The goal is to create a narrative that showcases the interconnectedness of different eras and explores the effects of time on characters and their journeys.
  • Time Capsule Creativity: Players will gather various objects or images that represent different time periods. They will take turns selecting an item and sharing a brief story or description of how it relates to a specific time period. This game sparks creativity and encourages participants to think about the significance of objects throughout history.
  • Time Loop Challenge: In this collaborative game, participants will collectively create a time travel story where characters find themselves trapped in a time loop. Each player contributes a segment to the story, building upon the actions and consequences of the previous contributors. The challenge is to create a coherent and intriguing narrative that incorporates the complexities of time travel.
  • Historical Expertise: Participants will research a specific time period of their choice and create a short story that captures the essence of that era. Encourage attention to historical accuracy and the incorporation of significant events or cultural aspects. Afterward, participants can share their stories and discuss the challenges and discoveries they encountered during their research.

8. Unreliable Narrator

Keep your readers on their toes with a story told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator. With a character who is lying, delusional, or simply doesn’t have all the facts, you can create a sense of tension and unease that will keep your readers guessing until the very end.

Unreliable Narrator

Game Instructions:

  • Truth or Lie: Participants will pair up and take turns telling short anecdotes or personal stories, one person at a time. The challenge is that one participant in each pair will be designated as the unreliable narrator, tasked with telling a fabricated story while the other participant tells a true story. Listeners must pay careful attention to the details, mannerisms, and cues provided by the narrators to discern who is telling the truth and who is deceiving them.
  • Fact or Fiction Debate: Participants will form teams, and each team will be given a topic or statement to debate. One team member will act as the reliable narrator, presenting factual information and arguments, while another team member will take on the role of the unreliable narrator, weaving a persuasive yet misleading narrative. The opposing team must listen attentively, critically analyze the arguments presented, and challenge the unreliable narrator’s claims.
  • Unreliable Character Analysis: Participants will be provided with a selection of short stories or excerpts featuring unreliable narrators. Each person will independently read and analyze a different piece. In a group discussion, participants will share their observations, discussing the clues, inconsistencies, and motivations of the unreliable narrators. This game encourages close reading, critical thinking, and an understanding of the complexities of unreliable narration.

9. Epistolary Fiction

Dive deep into your characters’ lives with a story told through letters, diary entries, or other documents. This intimate format allows you to explore your characters’ innermost thoughts and feelings, creating a rich and immersive story that draws your readers in.

 Epistolary Fiction


  • Choose a setting and characters: Together as a group, decide on the setting and main characters of your story. Consider the time period, location, and any relevant background information. This will provide a framework for your epistolary adventure.
  • Assign character roles: Assign each participant a specific character or characters to portray within the story. Each participant should take on the persona of their assigned character and be responsible for writing their character’s letters, diary entries, or other documents.
  • Establish a communication system: Determine how the participants will exchange their written documents. They can physically pass letters or diary entries to each other, share them electronically or use a designated location to collect and distribute the documents.
  • Begin writing: Each participant should start writing from their character’s perspective, using the chosen format (letters, diary entries, etc.). Encourage participants to delve deep into their characters’ thoughts, emotions, and experiences, creating a compelling narrative that unfolds through the exchanged documents.
  • Review and refine: Periodically, provide opportunities for participants to review and refine their writing. This can include revising character traits, adjusting plot elements, or enhancing the emotional depth of the story. Encourage constructive feedback and discussion within the group to improve the overall narrative.
  • Share and discuss: Once the epistolary adventure is complete, give each group an opportunity to share their story with the rest of the participants. Allow time for discussion and reflection, highlighting the strengths of each group’s narrative and the unique aspects of their chosen format.
  • Appreciate and celebrate: Conclude the game by appreciating the efforts and creativity of each group. Discuss the impact of the epistolary format on storytelling and the insights gained through exploring characters’ inner lives. Celebrate the collaborative achievement of creating immersive and engaging epistolary stories.

10. Genre Mashup

Combine two or more genres to create a story that is truly unique. With a sci-fi romance, a horror comedy, or any other combination you can dream up, you can stretch your creative muscles and create a story that defies expectations.

Genre Mashup

Game Instructions:

  • Genre Selection:

a. Begin by explaining the concept of genre mashup to the participants. Discuss how combining different genres can lead to exciting and unexpected storytelling possibilities.
b. Provide a list of popular genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, romance, mystery, horror, adventure, comedy, historical, and so on.
c. Allow each participant to choose their favorite genre from the list. Encourage them to select genres that may seem incompatible or unconventional when combined.

  • Genre Pairing:

a. Once everyone has chosen their genres, pair up participants to form teams of two.
b. Instruct each team to share their selected genres with each other.
c. The teams must now combine their genres to create a unique genre mashup. For example, if one participant chose sci-fi and another chose romance, their mashup could be “Sci-Fi Romantic Adventure.”

  • Story Brainstorming:

a. Give each team a set amount of time (e.g., 10 minutes) for brainstorming and discussing ideas for their genre mashup story.
b. Encourage teams to consider how the selected genres can interact and influence each other in the story. Prompt them to think about the setting, characters, plot, and potential conflicts.
c. Remind teams to have fun and be creative in exploring the possibilities of their genre mashup.

  • Story Development:

a. After the brainstorming session, each team should choose a spokesperson to present their genre mashup and share their story concept with the other teams.
b. Each team, including the presenting team, should take turns providing feedback, suggestions, and ideas to help refine and enhance the story concept.
c. Encourage teams to incorporate the feedback and make adjustments to their story based on the suggestions received.

  • Story Presentation:

a. Once each team has finalized their genre mashup story, it’s time to present them to the entire group.
b. Each team takes turns presenting their story concept, summarizing the plot, introducing key characters, and highlighting the unique elements of their genre mashup.
c. After each presentation, allow time for applause and positive feedback from the other teams.

Significance of story writing games: Skills that play a key role

There are several skills that can be boosted by playing story-writing games, including:

  • Creativity: Story writing games often require players to come up with unique characters, settings, and plots. This helps to boost creativity and imagination.
  • Writing skills: By practicing writing stories in a game setting, players can improve their writing skills such as grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.
  • Critical thinking: Story writing games often require players to solve problems and make decisions that affect the outcome of the story. This helps to improve critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Communication skills: Players may need to collaborate with others or share their stories with the group. This can help to improve communication skills such as articulation, listening, and giving feedback.
  • Empathy: By creating characters and experiencing different scenarios throughout the game, players can develop empathy and a better understanding of other people’s perspectives.
  • Planning and organization: Story writing games may involve creating outlines or timelines for the story, which can improve planning and organizational skills.

Overall, story writing games provide a fun and engaging way to improve various skills that can be beneficial in many aspects of life.


In conclusion, story-writing games for adults can be a fun and engaging way to boost various other skills as well. Hence, in a way, these are games for creativity, writing, critical thinking, communication, empathy, planning, and organization, as well. These games provide a unique opportunity to unleash your imagination and create unforgettable characters, settings, and plots.

Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a beginner, there are story-writing games available to challenge and inspire you. So why not give it a try and see where your creativity takes you? Who knows, you may just discover a passion for storytelling that you never knew you had!

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