Monday, October 10, 2011

Writerly Tools: Serendipity

Up until now, the only writerly tools that I've talked about have been computer programs or social media outlets. Which is cool. However, there are also a lot of useful websites out there for writers too, and I figured that it was about time to start talking about them. Only it'd be a bit difficult to approach a website with the typical writerly tools post format, so this week things are going to be a bit different.
Everyone has those murky writing days where your creativity seems stifled. Maybe you're not sure what to name a character, or you can't figure out how to make your scene more exciting. There could be a mystical item . . . but you can't decide what it should be. Well, this is where Serendipity comes into play.

Serendipity is a website that's home to over 40 random generators.

What's a random generator? Think of it as a small program that provides you a random combination based on certain variables. For example, if you wanted to come up with a colorful slur, you could check out Serendipity's "Cuss-O-Matic," which gave me the following gem: Sacred bastard child of a reptilian, lobster-abusing maggot!

Of course, there's enough variety that you can probably find something more useful than the "Cuss-O-Matic." There are 13 different name generators, several character-building generators, and even different clothing generators. Better yet, if none of Serendipity's random generators meet your fancy, there's also a link section that will lead you to a bunch of other random generator collections.

So the next time you're stumped when writing, try giving Serendipity a chance.