Kindling for the Creative Mind.Kindling for the Creative Mind.

A tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer can provide that elusive moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any kind of creative endeavour.

A Five Minute Writing Exercise

The Brainstormer can serve as a limitless supply of fiction writing exercises. Ideas from The Brainstormer can spark a quick flash fiction workout, ignite short stories, or even kick off entire screenplays or novels. You can also use the World Builder to create rich and unexpected settings, and the Character Builder wheel to create fascinating three dimensional characters, or try the Sci-Fi Brainstormer for a sci-fi flavor.

Writing killer fiction takes practice. Practice takes inspiration. Just spending a few minutes writing less than a page every day, using random ideas from The Brainstormer will elevate your writing and inspire the kinds of original ideas that make publishers salivate over your manuscript.

Brainstormer on iPad

The Best Defense Against Writer's Block

It's a terrible feeling to be stuck facing a blank page. You know that once you get started, once you build that momentum it can carry you to a stack of pages ready for a deadline. But where to begin? The Brainstormer is a powerful weapon against writer's block. It's that little, magical push to get you started.

What's New in Version 2.0.0


Feature Packed, Fiction Powered

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Wheel Mode

Wheel mode: spin the wheels to generate unique combinations of plot/conflict, style/setting, and subject/location.

Slot Mode

Slot mode. Shake the device (or roll the dice) for a random spin!

Edit your Word Lists

The word lists are fully editable. Make your own wheels.

New! More wheels

In addition to the Classic Brainstormer, try the World Builder, Character Builder, Creature Builder and Sci-Fi Brainstormer!

Share your Inspiration

Share your inspiration via email, Twitter or Facebook.

Share your Inspiration

Now supports International Characters and Emoji.

Share your Inspiration

Desktop Editing! Edit wheel sets from your destop browser.

Try it Online

Try the FREE online version of The Brainstomer:

The Brainstormer Online

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Get it now in the App Store


The original Brainstormer was created by concept artist Andrew Bosley while he was in art school at SJSU, studying visual development and illustration. As Andrew describes it, "I was always trying to give myself little concept projects to keep myself sharp and thinking. So I created a list of objects, persons, things, etc. and a list of styles, adjectives, etc. These very large lists were in the back of my very first Moleskine (an address book used as a sketchbook).

Sketch Hunter, the art of Andrew Bosley

Educational Discount

The Brainstormer is participating in Apple's discount for educational institutions. If you are joining the many schools and workshops using The Brainstormer in their curriculum, you may be eligable for discounted pricing. See Apple's Educational Volume Pricing Program page for details.

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