I am a new DM. Is there something I can do, or practice, that would enhance my ability to make up reactions to requests or actions from the players?
For example I was reading through the most recent hardcover for D&D (Waterdeep, Dragon Heist) and I was trying to imagine several different ways that I as a character would want to take the adventure off the rails and then I’d try to think of ways that as a DM I would facilitate their excursion for a little while but then bring them back on track organically.
The only problem I have with this is I was still the only one coming up with the ideas as to what the player would to “pull things off the rails”. Do you know any way that I could generate random situations that could arise in play that would allow me to think of how I would respond to players? Are there any random situation generators as an online DM tool that would let me randomly test my ad lib skills?