Posted on by Steven Savage

And the new year is here!  I hope everyone is doing well.  Busy as always and back to work on Monday.

So beyond the Magic Power Generator which got delayed because of sudden inspiration (hey, I get some good stuff that way), I’m considering one or two more “minor” generators but want to get back to the idea of a Plot Twist Generator.  Warning on that – I’m probably going to need some suggestions because I’m not sure where to start.

I think there’s an odd division among generators.  Most are things that are easy to do because I “get” them – because they have enough of a focus I can analyze their subject matter.  Things like the Writing Prompt Generator don’t lend themselves easily to breakdown or analysis because there’s a far, far more personal level to them – they have to speak to the user in a far different way.  I can find patterns in, say, magical items or technobabble as they have comparatively tight linguistic bounds, so it’s easy to find what’ll trigger the imagination.  A writing prompt or a plot twist has more complex patterns, less bounds, and there’s a certain quality of “connectedness” I’m still figuring out.

It’s a daunting task, but it is one of my goals for the new year.  I’ve also got a few more ideas, but don’t plan to try anything new-new until at least Q2.

How’s your new year?

– Steven Savage

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