Dramatic situationsThe Thirty-six (plus one) Dramatic Situations Georges Polti says that all stories boil down to just 36 dramatic situations and takeoffs of those situations. Somebody else out there added #37. If you're stuck for a situation, try this. A situation appears below randomly (in bold print). (Note: In several cases, specific gender in the original descriptions has been replaced with non-specific gender. Your situation: 36. Still stuck for plot ideas? Oblique Strategies | The 37 Dramatic Situations | Cosmic ThoughtsRandom Science Fiction Story Ideas | Curses | Paragraphs SF Characters | SF Items | SF Descriptors | SF Places | SF EventsSF Jobs/Occupations | Fantasy Jobs/Occupations | Contemporary Jobs/OccupationsRandom Emotions | Emotions List | Intensity of Feelings
Feelings tableCharacter Feelings You can describe your character's feelings in more exact terms than just "happy" or "sad." Check these lists for the exact nuance to describe your character's intensity of feelings. SF Characters | SF Items | SF Descriptors | SF Places | SF EventsSF Jobs/Occupations | Random Emotions | Emotions List | Intensity of FeelingsArchetypeTragedy is one of the Nine Muses Melpomene by Gustave Moreau What's a Muse? In Greek mythology, the muses were goddesses of artistic inspiration. Many writers speak of spending time with their muses while they're writing in a state of " flow ," or say that the muse has refused to visit when they have writer's block. Choose Your Muse We have several muses fluttering around to help you. Story Starters - One keeps a variety of story starters and idea generators on hand.