Let’s talk the Writing Prompt Generator!
Based on the feedback I’ve been getting I’ve been adding new stuff – in this case disasters and antagonists, as well as tweaking things here and there. It’s definitely spiced things up, so go check it out!
This was definitely one of the less-fun parts as I had to work out various setting-specific things first. Putting the various words and phrases together is fun, but those moments of sitting down and listing things can be a pain (how many popular disasters are there in science fiction for instance?). Fortunately the internet helped, and the research was pretty educational – for instance seeing trends in SF disasters – really much apocalyptic fiction really is SF.
Now when it comes together it produces some pretty frothy stuff. I may need to take time to go through and just add more tweaks, variants, and weirdness
By my estimates I need a certain level of “base” opening lines to make this work – and I’m a bit under halfway there. So my goal is to work on this thing through August. It’s extremely educational.
I admit I think this isn’t going to be perfect – not in that it’ll be incoherent, but it’s hard to capture the “lightning in the bottle” opening lines, so I may be making it a tad tame. There is a very, very fine line to walk here, and I’m learning that there’s a sweet spot in language that both explains and inspires – but you have to hit it. Err on the side of explaining (“wham here it is”) and it’s dull and uninspiring. Err too far on the side of looking for the combination that inspires and you risk falling into incoherent weirdness.
But again, always educational.
I also think this is the kind of generator more generator-makers should try. It’s highly educational
That’s it for this update. Do have some things brewing for future generators and some writing, always working on Way With Worlds (I plan to finish up my two-parter on skills and move on to the next subject), but let me leave you with a few opening lines . . .
Let me know what ideas you get . . .
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach. He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.
Well I started on the Writing Prompt Generator. This is definitely going to take time and it’s definitely going to have to go through a lot of user feedback. But I’ve got some results already:
– Steven Savage