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 [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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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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