THE GENERATORS ARE BACK!
June 13, 2023: The generators were down for a couple of months because my webhost updated PHP and the coding I'd done was out of date and broke. It's been updated so the acutely broken things are fixed as well as some minor bugs. Enjoy!
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* Earlier generators originally based on code from Seventh Sanctum.
If you enjoy this generator, the best thing you can do is tell someone about it, but you can use one of the methods below if you'd like.
I also do book & ebook covers for self-published authors as Augusta Scarlett.
26 September 2017 TEN YEARS OLD! Same generator, different look, new URL! Generator look updated, HTTPS added, redirect to new location added. Also, I now do cover designs and original paintings for self-published and small press books, in case you get inspired to write ;).Timeline
some time in 2015 I created a Tumblr bot that reposts the Twitter prompts hourly, if you'd prefer to follow that: RandomStoryPrompts.tumblr.com
6/19/2015 I just created a Twitter bot that tweets a random writing prompt inspired by the Cool Bits Generator once per hour. Follow it at @RandomPrompts. Tweet @telophase to get my attention if it misbehaves.
11/19/2007 Added more Cool Bits.
10/31/2007 Added a new element: motivation. Also added new sentence structures to use it.
6/23/2007 Just created a Random Art Prompt Generator.
5/7/2007 Updated the generator with more Cool Bits that were sent to me.
5/2/2007 A friend is soliciting cracktastic bits for a Cracktastic Bits Story Generator. If you're so inclined, wander on over and comment with your favorite out-there elements from fiction of all sorts.Origins
In June 2006 Rachel Manija Brown made a Livejournal post entitled "Writing by Cool Bit". In it, she mentions the essay she wrote to include in our self-published manga-style comic Project Blue Rose, "which is mostly about shame and shamelessness, but also explains how the story is basically a patchwork of elements and images which I thought were cool or sexy or touching." She goes on to ask: What are your cool bits? What are the themes and stories and images and moments that you love to see?
A number of people replied with lists of their favorite cool bits and narrative kinks. I threatened to come up with a Random Cool Bits Story Generator,and now I finally have. It's got over 500 individual Cool Bits I pulled from the comments in that post. As with all random generators, it produces a lot of misses, a few hits, a few hysterically funny elements...and some things that you could swear you'd read in a manga or fic. Take it with a grain of salt, but you can rest assured there's someone out there who'd read it.
--Telophase, 30 April 2007