YA/Teen Novel Plot Generator

Get your creative juices flowing! First, go to this random number generator and set your parameters to 1-20. Then click ‘Generate’ three times. The first number will point you to your protagonist’s quirks, listed on the first table below. The second number will point you to the story’s catalyst–the thing that gets the story moving–listed on the second table below. The third number will correspond to the third table below, and point you to the weird place/situation that serves as the story’s vehicle and place of conflict. Tell me what you think! I rolled an 11, 18, 4, which means my lighthouse-loving protagonist finds a video game from the 80’s that leads her to a retired superhero’s lair. Does she try and become a hero herself? Does she sell everything on ebay? Who knows!?

 

Your Protagonist is Obsessed With…

1 – Card Tricks
2 – The Smiths
3 – ASMR
4 – Baking
5 – Vlogging
6 – Sneakers
7 – D&D
8 – Knife-Throwing
9 – Some Sad Fake Book
10 – Origami
11 – Lighthouses
12 – Urban Exploration
13 – Bass Guitar
14 – Painting Figurines
15 – Scavenging Hunts
16 – Mazes
17 – Neutral Milk Hotel
18 – Collecting Bones
19 – Video Game Speed Runs
20 – Etymology

 

They Find a…

1 – Purple spray-painted French Bull Dog
2 – Box of Letters
3 – Old Trunk
4 – Cameo Pendant
5 – Tree House
6 – Pair of Dentures
7 – Diary Owned by Their Dead Relative
8 – Mysterious Door in Their House
9 – Magician’s Hat
10 – Pair of Cowboy Boots
11 – Jeep encased in ice
12 – Strange Pawn Shop
13 – Abandoned Carnival
14 – Skeleton at the Bottom of a Well
15 – Weird Blog
16 – Amnesiac Reality TV Star
17 – Awesome but Strange 80s Video Game
18 – Turtle with Nail-polish Message on Shell
19 – Depression-Era Photograph of Protagonist
20 – A Cassette Mix-Tape that Abruptly Turns into a Suicide Note

 

Which Leads Them to…

1 – A crashed ship
2 – A pizzeria that isn’t quite what it seems
3 – The bizarre world of competitive eating
4 – A retired superhero’s lair
5 – A school for psychic girls
6 – An amusement park that doesn’t seem to end
7 – A movie theatre that is about to be closed down
8 – A group of crop-circle hobbyists
9 – A performing arts venue for magical creatures/aliens
10 – A machine that transports people into others’ dreams
11 – A bowling alley for the gods
12 – The unexplored world of geriatric rap battles
13 – The realization they’re on a spaceship
14 – A house haunted by versions of their younger selves
15 – A summer camp for the suicidal
16 – A bakery that specializes in cupcakes that taste like emotions
17 – A time machine that only travels forward a year and a day
18 – A creepy underwater hotel with no way out
19 – A door in the woods that opens into another world
20 – A library that has books that detail a person’s life

 

Happy Writing!

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