Fun: Random Title Generators

Have you ever stared at your manuscript, or your outline, while making a face like this:

Gollum plays the riddle game with Bilbo via The Hobbit

If the answer is yes, then welcome to the club!  the other day I was emailing with an author who joking said, “I wish they had book title generators” and I thought, “I’ll bet they do!” So off I hopped to google and – Guess what! – they do!

 Fiction Alley generator: For this one you need to input words and it will rearrange them into several titles. Yes, you could do it yourself, but it’s still kind of fun.

Warpcore SF generator: this one gives you both a title and a series name, but you only get one. To get another you need to hit the back button.  Still pretty fun.

Random title generator: This one gives you six at a time, and actually came up with some pretty compelling titles. There are some mature content words involved occasionally.

Fantastic Random title Generator: This one also has six titles at a time, as well as links to a Romantic Title Generator and a Sci-Fi/Fantasy title generator.

I had a lot of fun generating random titles, and even made notes of a few of them. But, beyond entertainment, what value does a title generator really have? For me it helps me to think “outside the box” – or rather outside “my” box, so to speak.  It actually suggested “Children of Petals” to me which, while it wouldn’t work itself, led me to think of Children of Shadows (Shadows being a word I have collected on my “good words for titles” list). Would I suggest straight up using one of the generated titles? Sure, why not, if it fits your story.  And even if none of the titles do, it’s a great way to kill twenty minutes.

How do you come up with titles or what are some of your favorites that someone else has written?

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  1. I found a site to generate fantasy names. I’m terrible at creating words that don’t exist. Then out of curiosity I looked at a friend’s story and googled the words that she used. She writes sci fic. All the words were real places or things ie nam of an island in Italy or species of owl just used in different context

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  2. Thanks for this Jo. As you don’t think I’d use one but good as a prompt, to get you to think of something different. Titles are hard. There is a story (may be an urban myth) that a now totally forgotten author wanted to name his book Grapes of Wrath only the publisher didn’t like it so it was called Artillery of Time!

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  3. I’ll bet my daughter uses something like this to generate reasons for being late, never cleaning her bedroom, why it’s physically impossible for her to put anything away.

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  4. Well, I don’t write but played with it anyways. It actually helped me come up with some ideas of things to draw… maybe. That was fun!

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