Hitting writer’s block, stuck working on your character, or just plain Bored? We can help! Check out our list of writing prompts, character ideas, or featured stories for inspiration.
Writing prompts can take your story anywhere, they are just a starting point to get you going. Prompts are intentionally very vague. If you want to write a short story, create a new OC, or are just looking for something to do, check out this list for ideas and see where it takes you. We also have several user run groups that offer their own writing prompts and character ideas on a regular basis. Check out our featured group “Writing Prompts” for more!
- It had been too long
- Winter had never felt so cold
- The last straw
- She looked beautiful
- What else is new?
- So it has come to this
- Where has he gone?
- Trouble from the start
- Why did it matter?
- She picked it up and held it close
- The man whispered
- Why would he do something like that?
- Their hearts stopped
- The balloon flew away
- Fireworks illuminated the sky
- His creation
- The thing stood in the dark hallway
- A shiver ran down her spine
- Where am I?
- Who would’ve guessed?
- They shouted at each other
- Her scars told the story
- He couldn’t remember a thing
- Anything to drink?
- All hope had vanished
- Try me
- Is that so?
- Nothing can stop it
- How can this happen?
- There was nowhere to go
Your characters are like your children. You created them and they live by your rules. Each and every OC comes from someone with an incredibly creative mind, but even so, sometimes people still need something to jump-start their idea. Check out this list of character ideas and go from there.
- A hero with a useless superpower
- Alien with a day job
- Fantasy warrior
- Character that lives in the Harry Potter Universe
- Beautiful girl with a tragic backstory
- A man with too much good in him
- Overworked man, turning to crime
- A good kid who gets involved with the wrong people
- Innocent looking girl, with a little evil in her
- Talented old man
- Cyborg dog
- Time traveller
- spy/secret agent
- Sherlock Holmes’ new rival
- Ex-military vigil ante
Nothing compliments an OC more than a candid picture. If you’r struggling with your digital art software, or aren’t too much into drawing, check out our friendly neighborhood avatar creators to get you going. If simplicity is your game, and you just want to add a face to the name, then check out Avatarmaker.com.
Ready to step your art up a notch? Have some fun with RinmaruGames to make a more complex character profile.
All of these ideas are just starting points, but they are intended to help you get going. It is up to you to take it the way you want and fit it to your style. We strongly encourage writers and artists with similar mindsets to collaborate with each other when they run into problems. Our community is a great place to start.
Character Name Generator
We get it, coming up with an original name can be difficult. If you’re struggling to come up with a totally new name, or are just looking for ideas, check out our friends at https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/. They offer complete lists of fantasy names, pop culture names, realistic names, and names of fictional locations. Their site is simple to use and great for people getting started on new characters or are prepping for a new tabletop game!