Sometimes you just need a little push to get started or continue a work in progress. Generators can come in handy to give you some needed inspiration or just to challenge yourself with something random.
I’m often at a loss for topics to post on my blog. I pour myself into writing fiction and there’s little left over for the blog, so I use generators to come up with ideas. Sometimes. Sometimes I forget to post at all. Generators inspire story and character ideas as well even if I don’t use the exact prompt.
Here are a few generators I frequent…
Daily Writing/Blogging and Photo Prompts from The Daily Post – https://dailypost.wordpress.com/
Example – (Writing Prompt for May 28, 2016) Epitome – Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Writing Prompt Generator from Seventh Sanctum – http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=writeprompt
Example – If you don’t know about the starship, then it is too late.
This is a great prompt for a friend of mine. Considering sending it to him and seeing what he does with it.
Genre, Plot, Story, Character, Wardrobe, Name, Setting and more random generators from Springhole – http://www.springhole.net/writing_roleplaying_randomators/index.html
Example from the Creepypasta & Supernatural Horror Story Prompt Generator – At midnight, a lost woman and an insane witch want to transform an eldritch abomination into a disturbing television set.
Someone write this please. I really want to read it!
Daily Writing Prompt Generator from Always Write – http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html#topics
Example – Was the dishonestly worth it? Write about faking an illness in order to get out of doing something.
Confession time. Almost everyone has done this, right?
Idea Generator from Story Starter – http://www.thestorystarter.com/
Example – The soft-spoken waiter made a video in the barn four days ago to solve the mystery.
Daily Writing Prompt Generator from Language is a Virus – http://www.languageisavirus.com/writing_prompts.html
Example – Describe ways in which your character does or doesn’t show dependability.
I think I’m going to do this one. Could be helpful.
Writing/Blogging Prompts from Daydreaming on Paper – http://www.daydreamingonpaper.com/random.html
Example – What gives you the warm fuzzies? Could also be, “What gives your character the warm fuzzies?”
For me? Kittens. Definitely kittens.
Have a generator you use that isn’t on the list? Let me know!
Christy is a writer, crafter, amateur photographer and enjoys sharing recipes. She also loves pushing buttons in Photoshop until her pictures magically look better.
Always looking for more work, Christy is currently editing her first book, finishing her second, blogging, guest blogging and making a nuisance of herself.