Story Ideas – Online Story Idea Generators

With each of these script-based generators, you either click REFRESH / RELOAD on your browser, or on the buttons provided to generate a new idea. Keep clicking until you get one that resonates with you. Write it down. Then continue.

With many of these, the juxtaposition of strange and disparate words, phrases or elements may strike you as absurd. But don’t just dismiss that particular generator. Give it some time. You are certain to come upon a combination that will inspire you — if not with the exact phrases given, then with an idea of your own. It doesn’t matter if the javascript does it or if your own brain comes up with the idea.

Whatever you do (and I realize that I’m repeating myself, WRITE DOWN EVERY IDEA THAT STRIKES YOUR FANCY. Trust me, you won’t remember when it comes time to write if you don’t make notes. Leave nothing to chance. And if you’re not the orderly-type, designate a place to keep your notes, like a folder on your computer’s desktop with a title in all caps like, STORY IDEAS. Drag it to a prominent place on the screen and refer to it OFTEN.

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Deb Gallardo is a published author for adults and children, an educator and an accomplished performer in concert and on stage. She helps fiction writers find story ideas, and offers writing tips, advice, exercises and inspiration.
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4 Responses to Story Ideas – Online Story Idea Generators

  1. Deb says:

    louie, or should I say William?
    Could you be more specific about what you think is rubbish. Was it the post, the generator or the results you got when trying the generator? There are as many preferences for what “tricks” work as there are writers, so I think it’s safe to say that you might prefer another type of generator.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. It’s too bad it had to be such a nebulously negative comment. I’m not afraid of publishing contrary opinions, but you didn’t offer enough detail to have your comment be considered constructive criticism. Something to think about.

  2. louie says:

    this is rubbish

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