Looking for the plotline for your next novel, short story, or screenplay? Need a prompt for tonight’s writing group? Find literally thousands of story starters at Hatch’s Plot Bank, ranging from “sitcom clichés” to bizarre scenarios ripped from the headlines.
Scrolling through all of these snatches of language can quickly become overwhelming, though, so use a random number generator to narrow your choices down.
When I tried this, the number 1,986 came up: “old recluse has a nasty sharp surprise for burglars”—a scenario rife with possibilities.