10 Story Prompts and Research Links

Today’s list is contained in one short video.

We can find ideas for stories everywhere and we can find settings for our ideas with research. This short video showcases 10 abandoned places. Many are considered haunted and all were abandoned for different reasons.

This video provides ideas to research and the links below offer a research resource.

Begin your research with these links:

Hashima Island, Japan

Centralia, PA, USA

Beelitz Heilstaaten,  Germany

Oradour-Sur-Glane, France

Maunsell Sea Forts, UK

Bodie, CA, USA

Humberstone, Chile

Kolmanskop, Namibia

Craco, Italy

Prypiat, Chernobyl, Ukraine

Imagine, if writing science fiction or fantasy, these abandoned places provide the setting or the model for the setting of another world torn by…war, virus, murder…any sort of annihilation.

For historical fiction, the senses are on overload as these locales are rife with ideas…the effect of war, greed, nature, illness on the fate of the residents.

Mystery/Thriller writers may be considering circumstances for a villain who caused the devastation. Or the hero who rescued the town.

Romance authors might use a variation of one these abandoned places for an atypical love nest, or to set up two people searching for remains of past lives and find each other, instead.

What ideas  do these ghostly structures conjure up for you?

Don’t forget to pop over to the Life List Club blog today to see what Jess Witkins is up to!



  1. Nicole Basaraba  May 4, 2012

    Very interesting video Marcia. Thanks for sharing.:)

  2. Debra Eve  April 28, 2012

    Intriguing video, Marcia. I’ve actually been to Bodie and several ghost towns in California and Nevada. I don’t believe in ghosts per se, but there’s definitely a feeling in those places I can’t explain.

    • Marcia  April 28, 2012

      Oh, I know what you mean, Debra. I don’t believe either, but the feeling of some kind of presence is eery. Thanks for coming by!

  3. cjwestkills  April 27, 2012

    Marcia, What a great blog. Love the video. Thanks so much for sharing this! It’s great material for as story.

    • Marcia  April 27, 2012

      Thanks, CJ! I’m happy all the pink here doesn’t make you uncomfortable…that’s a sign of a real man!

  4. Ali Dent  April 27, 2012

    I like the controlled mine fire not so much for a ghostly scene but there is a dragon in my story. This photo makes my imagination run wild. How do you think of all the creative ideas you share with us. I admire you and your work. How’s the foot?

    • Marcia  April 27, 2012

      Oh, Ali, I’m so glad it sparked an idea! Thank you so much for the kind words…my foot is getting better everyday. :)

      • Ali Dent  April 30, 2012

        I’m glad the foot is healing. Have a great day.

  5. Angela Orlowski-Peart  April 27, 2012

    What a great idea, Marcia! I often search for certain spots that a setup of my stories requires, and some of these might come in handy.

    I noticed Charnobyl on your list. I still lived in Europe during the nuclear power plant explosion in Charnobyl. It was such a tragedy. Many lives have been affected, many people suffering for years with the post-nuclear health problems caused by radioactive exposure. I was in Germany when that plant exploded, so I wasn’t subjected to as much radioactivity as I would in Poland, where I lived back then.

    • Marcia  April 27, 2012

      Oh, Angela, thank goodness you weren’t closer to it! It was devastating for people in the US to learn about back then. Such a tragedy and a huge loss for immigrants here and all those in Europe who lost loved ones immediately and after from the radiation sickness. I hope you never experience any health issues due to the explosion!

  6. Natalie Hartford  April 27, 2012

    Ohhhhh how cool!!! I had no idea but you are right, they totally open the doors to the imagination!!!

    • Marcia  April 27, 2012

      There are ideas everywhere, Natalie!


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