One of the biggest challenges for students struggling with creative writing is just getting started. In the year that I taught a ninth grade literature and writing course I can't count how many times a student would say to me, "I don't know what to write" or "I don't have any creative ideas." I wish that I had known then about TheStoryStarter.com. The Story Starter is a simple website that randomly generates story starting sentences. If you don't like the sentence generated for you, simply click the story starter button again for a different sentence.
Applications for Education
The Story Starter is a great tool for students that are stumped on starting a creative writing piece. They can click the story starter button as many times as they need until they find something that appeals to them. Sometimes teachers worry about the type of material a tool like this might generate, but in the 25+ times I clicked the story starter button I did not find anything even marginally questionable.