Random Idea, Plot and Inspiration Generators for Art and Writing
Searching for a story idea for NaNoWriMo? Want to draw a picture but none of your ideas are working out? Suffering from a creative block? Or are you bored and looking to waste some time? Your solution is here! Maybe!
This page is an index of the random generators I have created related to art and writing. Maybe you'll find inspiration for your next story or artwork here, or maybe you'll just while away a few minutes laughing at the absurdities that show up. Either way, I wish you well in your creative endeavors.
This generator gives you the option of simple prompts of a few words each, or complex prompts that may include subject, mood, medium, style, and theme.
An art prompt generator that will give you specific fantasy-themed images to create.
Participating in a fanworks exchange but don't know how to prompt for art? An artist yourself who's looking for ideas? Here you go!
Need a name for that pub or tavern in your fantasy or historical story? Here's a generator that produces UK-style pub names, because I didn't like any of the others I found out there.
Is the only thing holding you back from publishing your great fantasy novel the lack of the perfect title? You probably won't find it here. (Go ahead, prove me a liar.)
In the market for some old-fashioned pulpy space opera titles? Find them here!
Once you've got your steampunk story from #2 in the Plot and Story Generators list, you're gonna want the perfect title for it.
Space opera not doing it for you? Are you thirsting for space marines and armadas? Try this title generator out for size.
Get your angstfest on, it's time for the Young Adult Contemporary Novel Title Generator! With bonus ninjas, thanks to a list of YA sports and martial art-themed contemporaries that was included in my sources.
The generator that started it all! A story generator created using over 500 bits of storytelling catnip collected from an epic thread on Livejournal in 2007.
Based on the Cool Bits Generator, but with elements focused on steampunk.
A tongue-in-cheek generator that gives you the title and tagline for a young adult dystopia novel.
A racy version of the Cool Bits generator! Some results are NC-17, so take that into account if you are underage in your location or are of a nervous or fainting disposition.
Inspired after I created numerous ebook covers for paranormal shifter romances. It's trope-tastic!
Zoe Chant's romances have a formulaic logline of the "heroine + hero + situation = romance!" type, so I fed all of them into a generator, and this is what appeared.
After I created the logline generator above I, er, "improved" it with more options from the Random Shifter Romance Generator.
A collaboration with science fiction and fantasy author Yoon Ha Lee, the Machineries of Tarot is a Tarot site with card descriptions (by Lee) and spreads (by me) based on the factions in the Machineries of Empire trilogy. Note: There's no art as of yet, just card meanings and your choice of faction spreads with which to generate readings.
If you write and self-publish books, I also design covers, make cover paintings and create ad banners at reasonable prices for romance, science fiction, fantasy, YA, and other genres.