Ann Parker here, slouching toward my Saturday post on a Friday night (at the last minute, per usual). Having spent a good portion of the week trying to come up with creative alternatives to words such as process, advantage, benefits, solutions, package, enterprise resource planning, and some other such stuff, my poor brain isn't functioning very well.
So, what to do when in a creative slump?
Generate a "creative spark" with GENERATORS.
Let's start at THE BEGINNING with The Biblical Curse Generator by Ship of Fools ... I smacked the "Take That!" button and here is my curse for thine edification:
Hear this, O thou lying Girgashite, for you will become as popular as a boil on the king's backside!
Oh yeah, that's good. Let's "Take That!" again! Hear this, thou Mesopotomian harlot, for you will be mocked by eunuchs! Love it! That's going straight into the next Silver Rush book, I promise you.
Okay, moving on...
The Elizabethan Curse Generator by Trevor Stone is one of my absolutely favorite sites. You can designate how many times you want to be cursed, and then hit "Curse!" I went for five, because that's my lucky number (no, it's not, it's just manageable). Five creative curses worthy of the Bard pop up:Thou reeky lily-livered maggot-pie!
Thou artless shard-borne mumble-news!
Thou roynish ill-nurtured flirt-gill!
Thou pribbling rump-fed dogfish!
Thou mewling shard-borne malt-worm!
Not too shabby, eh?
There is a modicum of cursing and swearing in my books, so let's check out the Foul-o-Matic: insult, swear & curse word generator by hnldesign... Whoa! Good stuff, but too foul for PG-13-rated consumption, so I had to hit the "Generate Another!" button a few times. What do you think of Mental Vomit Wagon Plonker. No? How about Tramp sock lover. Hmmmm, time to skitter off and find another site.
Now, this isn't a generator, but it's a pretty interesting translator for English/Cowboy/Pirate/Mobster talk. Pick a phrase (English is listed first), and then see how you can translate it for your cowboy(or girl), pirate, or mobster character. For instance, for "leave quickly," we have: skedaddle / step lively / move it.
I'll bet you can guess what goes with what.
Finally, if you are saying in exasperation (while cleaning up coffee spilled all over your keyboard), "Come on, let's get serious about creativity here..." There is always the Plot Scenario Generator by Arhcetype Writing, which "gives you a mess your character has to get out of, you can literally use the first line of the generated content as the first line of your story."
Here's my random scenario:
The story starts when your protagonist opens the closet to find clothes that aren't his/hers.
Another character is a loner who wants something your protagonist knows.
Feeling creative now? ;-)
Ready... set... CREATE! ...