I personally don’t tend to use a lot of writing prompt generators. At this moment in my writing career I have a problem with having too many ideas to pursue. But prompts are part of many writer’s daily writing arsenals, useful for many tasks, practise and kicking our muses into gear.
Here’s a very short post on two LARGE sources of prompts, and a couple more. There are many more out there, so feel free to comment in with your own favourites.
The Story Starter
There are lots of websites and books, blogs and downloads to turn to as a writer seeking starter ideas for writing. But perhaps the biggest one of all is Story Starters, which boasts over 215 billion randomly generated story starter sentences. Some of them don’t make sense, of course, but plonking through the “Click here for a Random Story Starter Sentence” will provide profit for your muse at some point.
There is also a PG Kid’s Story Starter.
Link: The Story Starter
Seventh Sanctum has long been the go-to place for random generators. There are so many on this index page that it becomes difficult to choose. Or go for random. (Given my own storytelling at the moment, I quite like the supervillain themes generator, just saying).
Link: Seventh Sanctum
Storytoolz Random Conflict Generator
The Storytoolz Conflict Generator works quite well if you enjoy working with character archetypes, giving you a choice from 63. The same site also has a Story Idea Generator which produces random conflicts generated from the Internet Public Library’s list of 7 plots, 20 plots, and 36 plots.
Link: Conflict Generator
Chaotic Shiny Game Generator
This website has a lot of random generators for world-building (or game building) so if you’re creating a fantasy or new world, give it a shot, choosing from culture, people, places, names, accessories and several other categories.
This UK website has some interesting blurb generators to select from. You infill names and select from options to have the plot generated. Cookie user, with copious sidebar adverts mean this is a less attractive site to use, but worth pursuing for the extra inspiration in filling in some of your own details.
Link: Plot Generator
Writing Prompt Apps
Of course, there are many apps for this also. I’ve found and listed many at Listly: Writing Prompt Apps.
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