Mystery Plot Generator

1 million plot combinations to inspire you.

Generate a random plot through this mystery plot generator. Simply click the button below to get started. Like a particular story combo? “Lock” and save it to nail it down.

Protagonist

A federal investigator, who is very introverted.

Secondary character

A pilot, who is pretentious.

Plot

It's a noir story about overcoming crippling guilt. It kicks off in a cathedral with the murder of the family patriarch.

(Note that: someone in the story is struggling to live up to societal expectations.)

And there's a twist! The protagonist's parent is the villain.

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An inexplicable set of footprints in the sand. A murder in a previously quiet, cozy town. The best mystery plots keep us on our toes, guessing and twisting. There's no shortage to the number of ways in which doom can befall a person or entire village, either — and we built this mystery plot generator to illuminate a few of them. All of the plots that you score are yours to use! But what exactly can you do with it now?  

If you’re wondering what’s the best way to construct a mystery story out of the plot that you’ve just generated,

We’ve got you covered. Head to the free resources below to discover the shadowy underbelly of story generators:

  • How to Write a Thriller. As the tin says: In this free 10-day course, romance editor and writer Kate Studer teaches you step-by-step how to write a romance novel that captures readers' minds and hearts. 

  • What is Suspense? Understanding the tropes in a given genre is a step every authors should take before writing in it — which is what this article on romance tropes is all about. 

  • How to Structure a Novel Before You Write It. In this Reedsy Live video, NYT bestselling author Caroline Leavitt talks about plot structure — and a simple way to go about it.

If you’re still in the search for the perfect plot,

There are plenty of other mystery plot generators and plot twist generators to provide more bursts of inspiration. Here are some of our favorite mystery story generators on the Internet:

If you’ve got everything but your story title and character names in place,

Why not give our Book Title Generator and Character Name Generator a whirl?

And if you now feel ready to start building your mystery story now? Great 👍 Happy writing. We’d be delighted if you dropped us the success story at service@reedsy.com! 

 

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