I’m posting this as a two-fer. For class, and for the Writer’s Cramps column.
Yesterday, we discussed several aspects of The Plot. Mostly getting stuck, with the advice (from students! I guess I’ve repeated myself enough they’ve learned it – yay!) to just write – you can polish it up or fix plot points later. The first draft just must be written, not written well.
We also talked about the fact that sitting back and letting a story simmer is often an important part of the writing process. Yes, not writing can be writing. Just don’t let the simmer excuse stand in your way if you’re just afraid to jump forward and write!
What do you do when you are just out of ideas? Well, here’s a few tips. Just go about life. Wash dishes, clean your house, go to work, take a shower, garden, work out – do whatever things you do. Many times a story idea will pop out of nowhere in the middle of a mundane or ordinary part of the day.
But what if it doesn’t? Well. One student asked about plot generators. Controversial they are, but they can be helpful – and at times, just fun. As a matter of fact, I recommend not drinking while checking these out, you might spray your monitor or choke while laughing.
So, with much fanfare *sprinkles confetti and plays the kazoo*, here are some plot generators. Take them as seriously as you please.
This is an excellent one. Many choices:
Seventh Sanctum™’s Plot Generator
Random Plot Generator by Teresa Nielsen Hayden (more fantasy-based)
Random Logline Generator
(these are hilarious!)
There are tons more out there – do a search, then sit back and enjoy.
I will want to know if any of these help at all. You can tell me next Saturday, 6 p.m. eastern US, at the Writers’ Retreat in Twinity. See you there!
And don’t forget – keep writing!