Writing Prompts Websites

With this post, I’ll suggest some websites for writing prompts for those of you who need some inspiration. I become blocked a lot, so I think the same thing that helps me would also help you all in your work. I like to take a randomized word and use that as inspiration for a chapter.

Grab Bag Writing Prompts: This website allows you to choose between one and multiple words.

Writing Exercises: This website not only generates random words, but also characters, settings and plot devices, among others.
Velvet Verbosity: This website offers a different word each day, and there is a challenge, which you can share with others on your blog, website, ect.
Daily Writing Tips: This webpage offers links to other writing prompts, including those from blogs and Twitter. The website offers more than prompts, in the form of articles and tips about writing.
Creativity Games: This website also offers a word generator where you can choose between one or more words.
Make Use Of Writing Prompts: This webpage offers a list of sites to help you when you need to overcome a block.
Word Generator: This website offers a generated word like some of the others. The cool thing about this site? A definition is also given for the word, which really helps if it is a word you have never seen before.

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RPG Generator Dice

Today I will go over different types of dice that you can use for your fiction, with pictures included, though some might be blurry. I’ll describe what they are and their use, and try to make better pictures, in the meantime.

I have a lot of dice on account of being a pantser. For those who do not know, a pantser is a person who comes up with a story as they write it. There are not often very many details planned out before the writing process, so these diemare great for somebody like me.

The first picture is the job class dice found on the RPGShop website, found in the link. This die is great for the fantasy genre stories when you need a new character. RPG Class Die

The next picture is the trap die, for the times when you need to give your heroes (or villains) an obstacle of some sort. Trap Die

This is the race die, for when you need to have a race for a character (elf, dwarf, human, for example).  These are great for either epic or urban fantasy stories. I bet you could even roll twice to create a hybrid character (although halfling is another option listed on the die). Race Race Die

The next is moral alliance die, which works with every story, no matter the genre.  Lawful Indicator Die

The weather die is an excellent tool to manipulate the environment. As a previous post said, the weather affects the environment, emotions and many other things. Weather Die

Every character needs a skill set to get by in life. The skills die is the perfect dice to determine this. Skills Die

The profession die allows your character to have a job, if you’d like them to. I believe the professions can be adapted to fit any genre of story. Profession Die

Ability die allows your characters to utilize abilities for whatever they do in life. Ability Die

Do you need your characters to be injured, but don’t know what to do? The hit location die is perfect because once you generate a hit location on your character, it’ll be easier to write a scene detailing how they became injured in the first place. Hit Location Die

This is the class die that I own. I believe it may have more options than the previous own in this post has. Class Die

Here is the link to get all of these exclusive die. Please note, I am in no way affiliated with this website, nor do I get paid fo this post. I just think these all would be great for those who want to have the option to have a little help with their stories. Luckily for me, I was able to use a $50 Mastercard gift card for Christmas for my dice.

Generators: Weather Dice

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There are times when our scenes are simply too boring to not only ourselves, but to our readers. Sometimes, we need help sprucing up the scene, and weather dice could be the perfect way to do that. Each side has a different weather pattern, so depending on which pattern you roll, the outcome of your scene could be totally different.

What if you rolled the side with a thunderstorm? If your character(s) are outside, they would be caught up in it. What if the storm caused massive amounts of flooding? That could be one outcome to the scene if you decide on a time jump with neverending storms. What if you rolled a snow side when your characters live in an area that never snows? A freak snowstorm? If magic is used in your story, perhaps a character used magic irresponsibly and a snowstorm is the result?

The trick is to ask yourself “what if?” questions in regard to your scene. Remember, weather is an organic way to help your scenes flow, which could also give you more ideas for other parts of your story. I bought mine on Amazon, though I’ve found them on Ebay as well.

Dungeons & Dragons Cards?

Hi! My name is Will and I am currently working on a fantasy novel that is nowhere near finished! This thread is about one of the sets of items that I use when I am stuck trying to come up with abilities and monsters for my novel.

As the post title suggests, it is the “Dungeons & Dragons” cards! Now, I do not play the card game, nor do I even know how to. I still collect them for the amazing graphics and inspiration they give me for my own stories. I’ll tell you how I use them.

First off, I have the cards all separated by sorcery and enchantment, land, creatures, heroes, and artifacts. I cannot use the names or anything else on the cards outright, as that would be plagiarism. Plagiarism is bad! You could get into all sorts of legal issues with plagiarism, but I doubt I have to tell you that! As I said, though, I do use these for inspiration. How, you ask?

If I need a creature for a battle, I try not to use the usual suspects such as goblins or dragons. Can you say ‘snore fest’? What brings the creature alive for your story is if there is something interesting about the creature in the first place. One thing you can do is to shuffle the creature cards as best as you can. If you are starting out with a basic creature, say, a goblin for example, you can draw one card. What kind of card is it? Is it an undead swamp creature? Some kind of bird creature? Is there anything to the card you had drawn that could be added onto the goblin? A body part such as talons? An ability such as invisibility? Putting both of those things together into your creature could make the battle even more difficult for your heroes. What if there is a horde of them? How could your characters get out of that situation?

I suppose this could work for the creature as well, but for the abilities and magic, I roll a six-sided dice (6d for you RPGers out there) and depending on the number of dots, I choose that many cards from the top of the stack. Look at each card carefully. You would be surprised by how many cards complement each other to make a cohesive creature as a whole. For my own goblins’ abilities, I had drawn two Illusion creatures and the Chronic Flood card. What did I do to use these cards for inspiration? First off, the goblins in my world were never supposed to use magic. They find a gemstone with magical properties which can delve into the mind of their opponents to simulate them using magic. One of my characters thinks that he is caught within a body of water (Chronic Flood) while the illusionary creatures attack him. The result? The main character thinks that all of this stuff is happening to him and he ends up collapsing due to not breathing. Why is this important? In retrospect, he was not in any danger from these “goblin mages”.

The lesson for today? If you are stuck on a story, look around you and you will be amazed by what you find that can help you with your fiction! I do hope you will find this strategy positive in everything that you do. Give it a try and see what you can come up with!