Everyone gets stuck for an idea now and again. Fortunately there are many resources out there that can kick-start your brain. Here’s a few:
- Hourly Story Seeds is an interesting little twitter feed that provides a self-explanatory service. Every hour it provides a fragment or motif from folklore and mythology that can be developed into a story, or at least part of one.
- Future Timeline extrapolates the likely future humanity faces from what we know today. Lots of story seeds there.
- Arcana Wiki is all about interesting real-world things that can be used.
- Seventh Sanctum’s generators can have iffy results, but if you’re stuck, you could do a lot worse.
- I made my own generator some time ago to randomly come up with short story titles.
“But wait,” I can hear you asking. “These ideas aren’t mine. Aren’t I stealing them?”
Well, yes. That’s how inspiration works. We take something from an innocuous phrase, or a movie, or something we see on the bus, and we turn that into a story. Ideas cannot be copy-written. They are cheap. They are plentiful. They are worthless. What gives a writer merit is his ability to take an idea — any idea — and turn it into a marketable product. Into art. Into something.
That’s what a writer does, and that’s all a writer does. Turn worthless ideas into worthwhile stories. If you can do that, then you’re set.Sign up for Michael Coorlim's mailing list for advanced notification of new releases, or go check out some of his free fiction while it's there for the taking.