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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Webbed Wednesday: Idea Generators

If you’re like me, sometimes you get stuck in your writing. Call it writers’ block, falling into a rut, or whatever, it’s frustrating. At such times I like to take break from the piece I’m working on and tackle something new. When your brain is mush and you can’t come up with your own concepts, it can be fun to try an idea generator. Here are a few examples:

Seventh Sanctum can be a bit spooky with its inclusion of darkness/evil, magic, “beings,” etc., but it is listed on the Writers’ Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers list for 2015. Check out the ‘what-if-inator,’ writing prompts and challenges.

Personally, I’m more partial to the Writers’ Den site. Here you find generators not only for plot, but also for plot twists and character names. There are suggestions for what to do when you’re facing a blank page, how to be a better writer, etc.

At Writing Exercises, you find random dialogue, images, first lines, etc. Also a children’s section for young writers, though adults who write for children may find this useful too.

With Plot Generator, you get a fairly lengthy fill-in-the-blank form, but when you’re done, a skeletal story is produced. You can either save the result for other users to read, or discard it. If you do like it, you can also create your own expanded version on whatever writing software you use. If nothing else, it’s a fun exercise that makes you laugh and just might kick-start your mojo.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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