Help! My Brain Short Circuited!
Have no fear, the generators are here. That really doesn’t read any better the more times you look at it. Oh well, moving right along. We have something much more important to discuss that so happens to deal with generators.
If you’re anything like me, and some of you are, then you know there are moments where Creativity ups and leaves you. Maybe you were running on fumes or you needed inspiration. Maybe you were bored or you wanted something different from the fun you and your imagination concocted. The point is by one way or another you found yourself using a generator.
Generators are addictive. I’ve spent hours finding and playing with various ones. Some fell through while others sparked ideas. There were instances where I used exactly what was generated and times when I used it as a springboard. One of my favorite sites to play with is Seventh Sanctum. It is one of those smorgasbord boards of sites that houses generator after generator that range from powers to cosplay names.
I will never knock the person who uses generators. They’re a useful tool when you need an extra push to get over the wall. The trick is to not to use them in place of your own imagination and voice. I’ve found generators that will do entire paragraphs for you. To me, that’s a prompt. I’d take that as a cure for the dreadful Block but I wouldn’t paste it into my novel. Generators generate ideas. It’s up to you to take that and branch out. A simple name generator is fine but make sure you can answer a reader when they ask why you picked it.
Now that I properly lectured you on about them, here are a few of my favorites. If you write anything using these generators, comment with a link to it or email it to me. I’d love to read what you came up with.
Seventh Sanctum: the creator and host of the site, says it perfectly: “This site is designed to help people get their mojo going and have a good time well-doing it. Go on, kick around, and join the fun!”
RanGen: full of generators including a plot generator that can give you either a premise, a detailed, or a complete plot outline.
Springhole: a new addition to my collection and a fast favorite. It has a Genre, Plot, & Story Prompt generator and that’s just one of the 13 generators to try. This site was made with writers in mind. There is even a Character & OC Creation Kit. I highly recommend tucking this site in the secret compartment of your toolbox.
I also recommend:
StoryToolz: not my favorite site but there are some good tools that you may find useful in your writing journey.
Short Story Ideas: clean, easy, straightforward layout. The site includes character, scenario, title, image, first line, and plot twist generators.
Writing Exercises: there are both exercises and generators available. The generators are very creative and even include a dialogue generator.
But, maybe you don’t want to go through generator after generator when all you really want is conflict. One problem most people run into while writing is a lack of conflict. If that’s your problem, try out a few of these.
StoryToolz Conflict Generator: a list of ten random conflicts are presented to you upon visiting the site. Pick one and plug it in. This generator isn’t helpful to me because of the vagueness of it but if you need a basic conflict to work off of then this could be your diamond in the rough.
Random Plot Points: if you’ve ever wanted to throw your character into a wormhole of trouble, this generator is for you. I use this generator when I want to learn more about who my character is because, “what your character will do in a particular situation IS their character.” To generate a new conflict, you click the button that reads, “Click here for something else mean and nasty that can happen to your character.” It’s one of my favorite parts. Try it out and see if you don’t fall in love with it.
If you know of another generator that’s been of great help to you, let us know and we’ll check it out.
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