Author 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.

Adazing Title Generator: Fill out eight “questions” (such as protagonist occupation) and it generates titles – you can even “save” titles you like!

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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13 thoughts on “Author Fun: Random Title Generators

  1. Andrew Toynbee August 9, 2013 / 11:27 am

    My debut novel was long known to me as ‘Angels Instead’ (full title; Angels instead of all those vampire stories we keep seeing everywhere, gimme a break, please). It wasn’t until I was writing the third-from-last chapter and the antagonist threw an insult at the protagonist that the title of ‘A Construct of Angels’ formed. Have patience, and a title will appear (eventually – when the cold sweat of panic begins).

    • Joleene Naylor August 9, 2013 / 10:52 pm

      I always like titles when they are from a line in the book – so nice one there! 🙂

      My first was “Okey-Dokey” for so long that at one point I had drawn sketches of the characters and saved it under the name “Okey Dokey people”.

  2. rami ungar the writer August 9, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    Usually I name a novel after an important person or place (Reborn City, Laura Horn, etc), or something that’s important to the story (Video Rage is named because of a viral video in the story that the main characters develop). Usually I come up with the titles of the novel or novel series when I’m writing down the idea for the story, and I often have an easy time coming up with titles. Those generators look fun though. If I ever get stuck on a title, I’ll check them out.

    • Joleene Naylor August 9, 2013 / 10:53 pm

      Aha! Someone who is good with titles – we should all pick your brain 😉 seriously though, sounds like a good way to do it.

      • rami ungar the writer August 10, 2013 / 5:44 pm

        I’m always happy to help if someone wants me to, they just have to ask. And as for the way I name my stories. I’m happy to say that so far it’s served me very well.

  3. Katie Cross August 9, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    That’s an amazing idea! I’m going to have to try it out just for fun. Thanks!

    • Joleene Naylor August 9, 2013 / 10:54 pm

      Hee-hee, I wasted a lot of time on them, so they have a pretty high fun potential. 😉

  4. Ruth Ann Nordin August 10, 2013 / 3:48 am

    I love this so much! Thank you for sharing, Joleene! 😀

    • Joleene Naylor August 10, 2013 / 4:33 am

      Ha ha! Happy to share time wasters 😉

  5. williamkendall1 August 12, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Worthy of a chuckle, Joleene!

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