Use The Random, Luke

When you need a little help being creative, using guided randomness to help you always works.


Inspiration

The musician Brian Eno, who worked with David Bowie, Roxy Music and invented ambient music created a deck of cards called Oblique Strategies for when they were a bit stuck in the studio.

On each card would be a prompt like "take out more", or "listen from outside". 

Grotesque Tables is a similar online version. The Make It Pop Cards are great too.

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Brainsparker

https://brainsparker.com/card-picker-starter-pack/

A bit like Oblique Strategies. Random inspiration but online.

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Rory's Storycubes

https://www.storycubes.com/en/
Physical prompts to get that story started
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Wikipedia Random

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Random

Click on the Special:Random link to get real items to use in your writing. I got "Swarfega" and a Serbian footballer.

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Grotesque Tables

https://www.grotesquetablesii.com/

Based on Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies, Grotesque Tables is a deck of creative prompt cards that are all anagrams of the Oblique Strategy cards.

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Make It Pop Cards

https://shop.makeitpopgame.com/

Like Oblique Strategies, these cards are a great "game" for making you come up with something creative.

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BRIAN ENO - HIS MUSIC AND THE VERTICAL COLOR OF SOUND

https://monoskop.org/images/f/f1/Tamm_Eric_Brian_Eno_His_Music_and_the_Vertical_Color_of_Sound.pdf

Brilliant article by Eric Tamm which looks at Brian Eno, who was part of Roxy Music, worked with David Bowie and went on to invent functional music, and the whole ambient genre. 

Has lots of tips regarding creativity.







Tools

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This Word Does Not Exist

https://www.thisworddoesnotexist.com/

AI generates "new" words for you.

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Auto-poetry from Codita

https://noisyneuron.github.io/codita-gallery/

...complete with random generative graphics

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TakeThreeNouns

http://writingexercises.co.uk/take-three-nouns.php

Creative writing prompt tools

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RandomWordGenerator

https://randomwordgenerator.com/

Generate random words to use as a creative prompts

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Meaning Generator

http://meaning-generator.com/

Random concepts to help with creativity. Amazing what you can make with just three words

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What3Words

https://what3words.com/

Define a place with "just three words". Like Google Maps but poetic.

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Spolin Bot

https://spolin.isi.edu/

A bot responds to your messages.

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Write With Transformer

https://transformer.huggingface.co/
Start writing and let the unicorn finish your sentences by hitting tab.

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Text Mixing Desk

http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/cutup/text-mixing-desk
Enter text and it scrambles it up

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Reedsy

https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/
Thousands of writing prompts. Try one.

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Power Thesaurus

https://www.powerthesaurus.org
A very lovely thesaurus. Go try it.

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Portent Idea Generator

https://www.portent.com/tools
Helps you create clickbait titles

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Idea Lottery

http://www.ideachampions.com/cgi-bin/idea_lottery.pl
Creative prompt tool.

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Cut Up Machine

http://www.languageisavirus.com/cutupmachine.php#.XO1IH5NKjRY
Enter text and it scrambles it up



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