Fun with Plot Generators

Recently, I went on an internet search for plot generators. Here are some of the most intriguing scenarios that popped up for me.

These came from Archetype Writing.
“The story starts when your protagonist opens the closet to find clothes that aren’t his/hers. Another character is an alchemist who believes your protagonist owes him/her money.”

“The story starts when your protagonist tries to overcome a personal fear. Another character is a bus driver who is your protagonist’s favorite musician.”

“The story starts when your protagonist breaks up with a romantic partner. Another character is a thief who is researching something terrible.”

And my favorite: “The story starts when your protagonist comes out of the closet. Another character is a school teacher who is psychic.”

Seventh Sanctum offers a tongue-in-cheek generator specifically for romance.

“In this story, a healer who is burdened with dark knowledge accidentally runs into a healthy druid. What starts as a professional relationship soon turns into infatuation.”

“This story takes place in a planetary imperium in a solar-system-spanning syndicate. In it, a clinging media personality runs into a xenobiologist who is a crossbreed of two species. What starts as hate soon turns into love – all thanks to someone pretending to be someone else.”

My favorite is “In this story, a just watchman falls madly in love with a grim cartographer.”

I love the Plot Twist Generator in particular.
“At this point a paranoid aviator arrives, bleeding from multiple stab wounds.”

“Just then a penniless female impersonater arrives and shoots your protagonist’s mother.”

“The scene changes, and a domineering vampire arrives, carrying a backpack.”

And the best one, “Only penguins can save this story.”

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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7 Responses to Fun with Plot Generators

  1. Jeannie Lin says:

    I am just about ready to use one of these little gadgets. :)

  2. Victoria Janssen says:

    I am so tempted, because it would make such a fun exercise. Maybe I should set up a challenge for myself, when I have a little time.

  3. Katrina Williams says:

    You're just evil. I clicked on something randomly in the Seventh Sanctum and it said to reenvision the story of the Man in the Iron Mask set on a college campus. I just had a twenty minute conversation with my husband about the core story of the MitIM which to me is deception, the thirst for power/blood and secrets. What better place to set that than a college campus? ARRGGGG! I didn't really need any more plot bunnies…I so love this. Make me stop clicking…seriously…

  4. Shawntelle Madison says:

    More distractions for me today. *sigh*

  5. Victoria Janssen says:

    Bwhahahaha my evil plan has succeeded.

  6. Tumperkin says:

    Oh cool! I go; I visit!

  7. Victoria Janssen says:

    Be sure to report back! Or in your blog, or something.

    I couldn't figure out how many variables there were.

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