Descriptor/Adjectives:

  • vengeful
  • weak-willed
  • aggressive
  • aloof
  • arrogant
  • belligerent
  • big-headed
  • boastful
  • bone-idle
  • bossy
  • callous
  • cantankerous
  • careless
  • changeable
  • clinging
  • compulsive
  • conservative
  • cowardly
  • cruel
  • cunning
  • cynical
  • deceitful
  • detached
  • dishonest
  • dogmatic
  • domineering
  • finicky
  • flirtatious
  • foolish
  • foolhardy
  • fussy
  • greedy
  • grumpy
  • gullible
  • harsh
  • impatient
  • impolite
  • impulsive
  • inconsiderate
  • inconsistent
  • indecisive
  • inflexible
  • interfering
  • intolerant
  • introverted
  • irresponsible
  • jealous
  • lazy
  • liberal
  • Machiavellian
  • materialistic
  • mean
  • miserly
  • moody
  • nervous
  • obsessive
  • obstinate
  • overcritical
  • overemotional
  • parsimonious
  • patronizing
  • pessimistic
  • possessive
  • pusillanimous
  • quarrelsome
  • quick-tempered
  • resentful
  • rude
  • ruthless
  • sarcastic
  • secretive
  • selfish
  • self-centered
  • self-indulgent
  • silly
  • sneaky
  • stingy
  • stubborn
  • superficial
  • tactless
  • timid
  • touchy
  • thoughtless
  • truculent
  • unkind
  • unpredictable
  • unreliable
  • untidy
  • untrustworthy
  • vague
  • vain
  • vengeful
  • weak-willed
  • aggressive
  • aloof

Character/Role:

  • Writer
  • Zookeeper
  • Accountant
  • Actor
  • Actuary
  • Acupuncturist
  • Advertising sales agent
  • Agricultural and food scientist
  • Agricultural inspector
  • Ambulance driver
  • Armored vehicle crew member
  • Architect
  • Artist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Automotive mechanic
  • Baggage handler
  • Bicycle repair person
  • Bookkeeping clerk
  • Bus driver
  • Carpenter
  • Chemist
  • Childcare worker
  • Civil engineer
  • Coach
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Computer software engineer
  • Computer support specialist
  • Cost estimator
  • Court reporter
  • Dancer
  • Database administrator
  • Debt collector
  • Designer
  • Desktop publisher
  • Disc jockey
  • Doctor
  • Dog breeder
  • Drafter
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrician
  • Elementary school principal
  • Engineering technician
  • Environmental activist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Farmer
  • Financial analyst
  • Firefighter
  • Human resources assistant
  • Janitor
  • Jewler
  • Judge
  • Landscape architect
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Loan officer
  • Musician
  • Nurse
  • Paralegal
  • Pharmacist
  • Photographer
  • Physicist
  • Pilot
  • Police officer
  • Politician
  • Prisoner
  • Professional athlete
  • Psychologist
  • Real estate agent
  • Recreation and fitness worker
  • Recreational therapist
  • Reporter
  • Secretary
  • Social worker
  • Statistician
  • Surveyor
  • Systems analyst
  • Tax auditor
  • Teacher
  • Urban planner
  • Veterinarian
  • Webmaster
  • Writer
  • Zookeeper
  • Accountant
  • Actor

Locations/Verbs:

  • playing tennis
  • playing cards
  • at a Diner counter
  • in a hotel bar
  • in a public bathroom
  • in their Living room
  • at a Dinner party
  • sitting in a Car
  • on the Side of the road
  • at a Restaraunt
  • Waiting for a train
  • Waiting for a bus
  • Waiting in line
  • Checking in at a hotel
  • standing in a Hotel lobby
  • working in a Basement
  • in a Kitchen
  • at their Office cubicle
  • Waiting in traffic
  • Taking a test
  • On the phone
  • On the job
  • At home
  • in their Home office
  • at a Tea party
  • invited to a Cocktail party
  • at a Political rally
  • enduring a Circus
  • attending a Convention
  • sitting in a Conference room
  • waiting in the Subway
  • standing in an Elevator
  • in an Alley
  • at a Farm
  • out in the Countryside
  • in the Suburbs
  • On the highway
  • At the beach
  • On a boat
  • on a fishing trip
  • on a hunting trip
  • taking a Swim
  • Starving
  • Running late
  • outside a Museum
  • at an Art gallery
  • going into an Art studio
  • outside a TV station
  • In the city
  • Playing golf
  • Playing tennis
  • Playing cards
  • seated at a Diner counter
  • at a Hotel bar

Joseph Bates, in his book "The Nighttime Novelist" refers to an exercise his students are taken through in matching two columns of information: negative descriptors and character roles. Some of these "unlikely fits" can often make for a fun challenge in creative writing. Obvious fits can end up feeling too expected and pose no mystery or conflict.

In addition to randomly selecting a descriptive adjective and a random character/role for you, I have added the optional location for added inspiration (but in some cases, giving you location may feel too limiting.)

Spin the Conflict Generator and see if your conflicted character inspires you to write a short story!

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