But how do you generate short story ideas that are worth the time you’ll invest in crafting a short story your readers will love?
If you’ve been writing for long enough, you already know good story ideas are everywhere, and you might even have some in mind as you read this.
Our aim is to inspire you to write your own stories, using common genres and themes.
We'll help you set the scene then build characters, describe them, name them, and work out how they fit together in an interesting story. "This is the best thing to exist ever." "So I used a generator to create a random story and it turned out to be hilarious." "This is fun. It tried a few variations and got some very quirky results.
Related: How to Publish Your Kindle Book The prompt could be as simple as a word or as detailed as a character sketch or an elevator pitch. It could be an observation you make while (discreetly) people-watching.
Whatever prompts you to write something in reaction or in response can lead to the beginning of a new story.Our first generator, Song Lyrics Generator was launched in 2002 as a student magazine project.After it proved popular, we expanded to include plots, and the project grew from there.School isn’t the only place for writing exercises, though.If you’ve ever joined a creative writing group, your leader may have encouraged you to spend some time each day freewriting or writing a character sketch.But which of those ideas should be on your short list for story writing projects?And if you don’t have any great ideas at the moment, where do you get some?We're currently developing a cool app based on our site.So, you want to write a short story — and not just a mildly entertaining short story but one your readers can’t put down until they’ve finished it. That’s why a great topic is worth its weight in gold when it comes to writing these little gems.The purpose of writing exercises is to practice writing — or to practice a specific kind of writing (voice journaling, essays, persuasive ad copy, song lyrics, etc.).So, whether it’s Na No Wri Mo, Twitter’s #VSS (Very Short Story) challenge, or writing sprints, the more time you invest in these exercises, and the more you open yourself up to constructive criticism, the more quickly your writing will improve.