Genre, Plot, & Story Prompt Generators

Every story - from a short children's story to a full-length novel - needs a good plot. But sometimes plots aren't forthcoming. These may help nudge your creativity along. (Also, you might take a look at Writing Better Prompts, Starters, & Beginnings: A Few Pointers and On Plot Structure & Plotting.)

Something seem to be missing? Some of the generators formerly listed here are now in Backstory & Origin Generators.

AU Idea Generator
Generate random AU ideas ranging from fairly serious to utterly silly.

Creepypasta & Supernatural Horror Plot Creator
Create creepypasta/horror plots. Warning: Not for chickens.

Genre Blender
Not sure what genre to write? Let the genre blender choose for you.

Arabian Nights Plot Generator
Generate plots ala The Arabian Nights.

Fan Fiction Story Prompt Generator
Ideas for your latest fanfic.

Fairytale Plot Generator
Once upon a time, there was a random fairytale plot generator...

"How Your Pairing Met" Generator
Get random ideas for how your pairing met each other.

Paranormal & Weird Event Generator
Generate random paranormal events (or maybe events that only just look paranormal at first).

Prophecy Generator
If you're short on something for your local Yoda to babble at the hero, this should work for you. It might also inspire a plot.

Generate random (and probably very silly) plot ideas.

Plot-O-Tron: Traditional Fantasy Edition
Works like the above, but with fantasy-oriented results.

Plot-O-Tron: Science Fiction Edition
Just what it says on the tin.

Piratey Plot Generator
Create (really ridiculous) adventures for your seafaring rapscallions.

Plot Punter
Stuck plot? Need an idea for a drabble? Kick your writing muse of the muck with this.

Plot Punter - Horror Edition
Get the heads ball rolling!

Plot Punter - Romance Edition
Cook up a steaming pot of love and romance!

Plot Punter - Superhero Edition
Suit up and get writing!

Plot Punter - Traditional Fantasy Edition
Get plot ideas for Tolkien-esque or Dungeons & Dragons types of fantasy worlds.

Plot Punter - Urban Fantasy Edition - NEW!
Plots for settings along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The Dresden Files.

The Really Random Plot-o-Tron
Sometimes it makes sense... sometimes it doesn't.

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