Need Inspiration?

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.

Michael Coorlim

Michael Coorlim is a teller of strange stories for stranger people. He collects them, the oddballs. The mystics and fire-spinners, the sages and tricksters. He curates their tales, combines their elements and lets them rattle around inside his rock-tumbler skull until they gleam, then spills them loose onto the page for like-minded readers to enjoy.

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