Look, we've all been at the place where we feel creatively bankrupt. It can be so hard to keep coming up with new material over and over. Learning where to get story ideas is basically learning about yourself.
It's an introspective journey where you chase what's important to you, what excited you, and what would make you put your butt in a chair and get you typing 100 pages at a time.
Nothing in Hollywood is easy! Especially writing.
Sometimes, at my wit's end, I hit the internet and start googling.
That's when I came across Film Crux's Story Idea Generator!
What is A Story Idea Generator?
Basically, it's a screen that allows you to click through random genres, characters, time periods, and events to help spark your creative process.
The Film Crux Idea Generator works like this:
"You click on the different elements to change them until you get an idea you like. Use the result as a starting point for your next great story, or just as an exercise to flex your creative muscles. Think of this as a sort of writing prompt generator to help you brainstorm new story ideas."
The screen looks like the image below, and all the words change as you click on them.
It's really fun to play with and to use to brainstorm.
Check out Film Crux's Story Idea Generator!
Why Use A Story Idea Generator?
Brainstorming is no small feat. While there's no way a computer can ghostwrite your idea for you...yet...I'm willing to try anything to get my ideas going.
Most of the time it's just a great way to think about incorporating new genres to different stories, creating characters, and challenging myself to think outside the box.
The truth is, there's no simple fix to coming up with your own ideas over and over again.
Writing is a tiring process. That's why you need to reward yourself when you finish a project or find some success. So use the generator, take a night off, go see a movie, or sleeve a box of Oreos.
No matter what, find your way back to the blank page and start again.
What are some of your favorite loglines you came up with?
Post them in the comments!