Story Prompts & Plot Generators for Struggling Writers and Newbie Wrimos

It’s a new year and we have a whole new round of NaNoWriMo sessions ready to help us write all the words! The first of which, Camp NaNoWriMo, starts in only a few weeks on April 1st.

For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is technically in November, but there are two slightly more casual ‘Camp NaNoWriMo’ sessions that run in April and July. Anyway, as you might be able to tell from the name, it’s a whole month dedicated to writing a novel – specifically fifty thousand words of one. That works out to about 1,667 words every day for thirty days, which is also a lot harder than it sounds.

Anyway, more than once I have found turning to writing prompts and story generators really helpful for triggering new ideas and getting myself unstuck when I’m writing a story. It can bring some much-needed randomness (and I mean that quite literally), to a story that feels predictable, or one that you’ve just grown tired with.

With that in mind, I did a little digging all over the internet to pull up what I think are some of the best plot generators for writers. Whether you jump into Camp NaNo with no story at all or you find yourself stuck in the middle of April, July or November, hopefully some of these story prompts will get you back in the groove.

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How I Outline My Novels in 3 Simple Steps

I know I can’t be the only one out there who is intensely fascinated by someone’s creative process. It’s always so interesting to see what they need to do and how they go about doing it – how each of us has a unique spin to create the same end product. And it can be valuable information – you never know what steps someone else takes that might be just what you need to incorporate into your own process.

I just love reading blog posts and watching videos on Youtube about how someone preps for a video or a podcast, how they work out the composition of their illustration, and of course, how a writer outlines. If you’re like me, then allow me to feed your curiosity a splash by explaining the haphazard way my outlines come to be.

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