Archive for March, 2011

writers’ tools: plot generators

Posted: March 12, 2011 in etcetera

You writers (and wannabe writers) know what it’s like: you’re itching to write a story – maybe you have a certain scene in mind – but you lack an overall plot. Happily, there are many on-line resources to help free you from that writer’s block:

This one introduces characters, a setting, and an ending for the piece. {Plus, the site offers many other generators.}
http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=storygen

Simple Plot and Random Story Generator: with a brief outline suggesting characters and plot development
http://www.school-for-champions.com/fiction/random_story.cfm

“All stories boil down to just 36 dramatic situations and takeoffs of those situations.”
http://www.sff.net/people/julia.west/CALLIHOO/ideagen2.htm

Short Story Starter
http://www.gotpoetry.com/Sections/op=viewarticle/artid=39.html

The Fiction Generator presents characters, setting, and a plot, plus a title for the work.
http://fictiongen.boxofjunk.ws/

Regency Romance Plot Generator. (Jane Austen would’ve loved it. 😉
http://www.ugoi.net/nonsense/plot.html

Plot Twist Generator: offers one plot line at a time; use as many as you need.
http://nine.frenchboys.net/plottwist.php

“Rescuing Your Plot” presents a list of storylines
http://www.nanofimo.org/files/d100-plot1.pdf

Links to More Plot Generators
http://www.fiction-writers-mentor.com/random-plot-generator.html

And that’s not even all of the generators that are available: there are more specific ones for scifi, romance, etc.


If you’re stuck for names for your characters, there are multiple sites that can offer suggestions on that as well.

Character Name Generator
http://www.languageisavirus.com/characternamegenerator.html

“English or European” Character Name Generator
http://www.jimwegryn.com/Names/FictionNames.htm

Character Name Generator (Other offerings at GeneratorLand.com include generators for personal bio and blog post ideas.)
http://www.generatorland.com/glgenerator.aspx?id=44


What’s that? You’re still not inspired? Well, as I wrote above, there are tons of generators out there. Just give it a Google.

Happy writing!