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! No guarantees!
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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!
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.
You won't find a bunch of boring meat-spread-lettuce-bread sandwiches here. You will find a surprisingly large proportion of interesting sandwiches someone might actually eat. (And some klunkers. You can't
eat win them all.)
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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.
Murder and mayhem abound in the Cozy Mystery Title Generator. Many of which sound way too plausible. (Alas, not as punny as they can get. Getting machines to produce puns is asking far too much!)
New as of December 8, 2020: Got a hankering for epically epic epics full of grimdark swords, grimdarker sorceries and grimdarkest protagonists? Gotcha covered!
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.
Generator created using the many, many freeform tags in the 2019 Hurt Comfort fanworks exchange. Some of the hurt can be rather unappealing if that's not your thing-use at your own risk.
Here for all your Problem Novel needs, ready to create a needlessly depressing book suitable to teach innocent children that this world sucks and there's nothing you can do about it!
New as of 11/16/2020 This generator was born out of a discussion about romance tropes and how throwing every trope in the book into a romance often bogs it down. A romance writer friend of mine pointed out that for the most balanced book, you can only really have one major trope for each of the four categories: heroine, hero, setting, and plot. Once I read that, this generator was inevitable.