Sometimes us DMs get stuck trying to come up with a neat idea, whether for a quest or a storyline idea or anything else.
A great solution is to do a straight-up brainstorm. Make a whole list of ideas, and don’t reject lousy ones as they come!
Once you have a solid list, pick two things at random on the list and find a way to smash them together to create a new idea.
“Werebear villain” and “mind flayer taking over the place” are both comparatively pedestrian ideas you might have on the list, but what if a mind flayer has taken over the mind of a werebear and is systematically infecting people with both lycanthropy AND mind flayer stuff? Now that’s a lot more interesting.
So mash up your ideas and see what you come up with. You’d be surprised at what you can make work!
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Now get out there and tell a story!