LGBTQ+ fiction has had a massive boom over the years. MLM, WLW, sapphic fiction, gay romance, reverse harem and polyamory… It’s a good time to be queer. But we could always do with more, so I’ve created a list of LGBTQ+ writing prompts to facilitate the creation of more.
A lot of LGBTQ+ fiction comes under the genre of romance or erotica, but more and more we’re beginning to see representation throughout any and all genres. Whether you’re more into fantasy, horror, crime, romance, or anything else, there’s always a place for LGBTQ+ characters and themes.
The prompts I’ve compiled below can be used for any kind of story, but there’s more of a focus on contemporary themes here.
Any acknowledgement or credit for using any of my prompts is always appreciated, whether it’s linking to my website from yours or a social media shoutout.
Psst. Do you know how difficult it is to find non-offensive tropes for LGBTQ+ fiction? It’s hard, trust me.
LGBTQ+ writing prompts for fiction writers
You can take just one prompt or combine any of the following for one story! Every prompt is entirely up to your interpretation.
You’ll find prompts for characters, words, settings, tropes, plotlines, and something sensory below.
Characters: A drag king. An aromantic person. A stripper.
Words: Celebrating. Positive. Hidden. Gasp. Sparkly. Open.
Settings: A theatre. A nightclub. A music festival.
- A story about self-love and acceptance.
- A polycule deals with the awkwardness of parents’ evening.
- The three loves of a character’s life.
- The token gay friend convinces the group to attend a drag bingo night.
- Pronouns through the years: a non-binary character’s exploration of gender expression and identity.
- Only queer people can find treasure at the end of a rainbow.
Sensory: Lip gloss.