Looking Inside One Stop For Writers: The Idea Generator
Today I’d like to talk about the Idea Generator, one of the neat tools you can find at the One Stop library. Chances are you’ve seen generators before…some of which spit out a mish-mash story idea that sounds a bit like this:
“A fire-breathing mega turtle teams up with a one-armed hobgoblin thief to steal the secret elixir hidden in the acid forest of Dune Town.“
Now I don’t know about you, but I find most generators that follow a person/place/thing format rarely shake loose anything helpful. So, when we created the Idea Generator, we chose to go a different route.
We mainly look at areas of character exploration that are can be hard to brainstorm without a mental nudge or two: Emotional Wounds, Character Fears, Areas of Internal Growth (Character Arc), Likable Qualities & Behaviors, Quirks and Secrets. Then to round things out, we also provide Plot Complications and Story Prompts. (Click image to enlarge)
Each drawer opens to reveal three different ideas, and you can open the drawer as many times as you need to find the right fit. Then, once you find a fit, leave the drawer open, and move on to another area to explore!
Pretty soon, you will be full of ideas, and by keeping drawers open you can keep track of the generated ideas by cutting and pasting them into your “My Notes,” a personal note-taking feature at One Stop. Pretty cool huh?
A Note On “My Notes”
One nice extra of One Stop is “My Notes” which allows a user to create and save private notes on pretty much anything they would like to. For example, every thesaurus entry has the ability to “add a note” to it, allowing you to customize the entry. Maybe you have thought of a few additional ways to describe a Forest or Lake. Just add a note, and your ideas will stay attached to that entry moving forward!
If you would like to check out the Idea Generator, stop by to check out the site, see the different thesaurus collections, view template examples, start creating notes, read tutorials and visit the generator page.
Have you been to One Stop For Writers yet?