Crime Novel Title Ideas For Essays

When I wrote ‘Random Character Name Generators’ it was so popular I thought I’d take a look and see what other generators there are out there! Turns out, TONS.

Check out all of these too!


In this list, I bring you the best random story title generators I could find, including some of my results (and this time with pics)!

I find these really fun to use, especially during extreme bouts of the dreaded writer’s block. If you know of any others please leave a comment!

Firstly some generic book title generators:

1. Book Title Generator

This site immediately displays 48, yes 48, randomly assigned titles you can steal. I think my favourite from those shown below is Penny Alley.


2. Random Book Title Generator

Not one of the better ones I found but still good for procrastination or for a smidge of inspiration getting a title for your book. I liked the sound of Kissing Shores I generated.


For those of us with an interest in crime, mystery and thrillers these are some of the best generators I could find:

3. Mystery Title Generator

As you can see from the screen grab below, you not only get to state how many titles to show, it will even give you randomly assigned chapter titles if you so wish.

My favourite here has to be The Quest of the Thrashing!


4. Crime Thriller Book Title Generator

Fellow blogger Tara Sparling created this fun generator based on your own name. Mine would be The Assassin’s History.


5. Mad Lib Thriller Title Generator

I’d say these results skew more on the side of spy type thrillers than ghosty type stories, and I think it’s fair to say whoever made this generator is probably a John Grisham fan.

My results were:

The Phantom Strain, The Corbomite File, The Pelican Imperative, The Medusa Ultimatum, The Pelican Ploy, The Reality Deception, The Looking Glass Manoeuvre, The Mu Kau Pi Ultimatum, The Prime Covenant, The Peking Affair, The Phantom File, The Kyoto Element, The Final Menace, The Kyoto Protocol and The Falcon Hijacking.


For those of you more into your more sci-fi and fantasy-type titles, these are perfect for you!

6. Random Title Generator- Romance

This site churns out 8 random titles at once, my results:

Laughing Garden, The Eager Moons, Creek of Solitude, The Gentleman’s Healing, The Enigma of the Angels, Lady in the Smile, The Ruby of the Red Lash and The Thorns and the Abyss.

Here are some more:


7. Fantasy Novel Title Generator

My result is shown below. Some fairly generic titles come up here, e.g. ‘fire and glory’ doesn’t really stand out to me as an original fantasy story name, but worth a shot I guess if you’re strapped for ideas!


8. Space Adventure Title Generator

As with #3 you can also generate random chapter titles for this one, some of which may also serve as story titles, shown below.


Let me know how you get on with these and what the generators churned out for you! Would you choose any of these as a title for your story?


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Coming up with a killer book title is hard. There’s a lot at stake in a title: It’s your readers’ first impression of your work, and it’s got to be evocative, unique, and precise. The pressure can be overwhelming!

But we at Writer’s Relief have got some great tips to help you come up with the perfect title for your novel or your nonfiction book. And you can apply these concepts to your short stories and poetry as well. With a little preparation and brainstorming, you’ll land on the perfect title for your book!

Elements Of Great Book Titles

Poetic language. Some of the best titles—the ones we remember—use evocative language to make a statement. Sometimes, the language verges on poetic. Consider elusive and somewhat vague titles like: Gone with the Wind; Of Mice and Men; Grapes of Wrath; Snow Falling On Cedars; The Fault in Our Stars.

Action words. Titles that showcase strong verbs leap off the shelves. Things Fall Apart is clear and haunting. Gone Girl is energetic and in-your-face. A Game Of Thrones sets a precedent for tension.

Inherent mystery/conflict. Great titles hint at the story to come. They point to the main conflict: What’s at stake? When a title can concisely encapsulate action, you’ve got a great shot at getting a reader’s attention in just a few words.

Consider Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: It’s a long title, but it’s so good. It suggests an epic battle between powerful archetypes, but it also offers the quiet, quaintly creepy image of a garden at night. The Light in Ruins does something similar.

Character’s names. Often (but not always) titles that make use of character names have an element of mystery attached to them as well. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Harry Potter And The [Fill In The Blank Here]. Books with character names can also be whimsical, such as: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?; Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day; Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Place names. If your book has a great setting (a setting that has strong branding), you might want to use that to your advantage. The Last Time I Saw Paris showcases the City of Lights with a touch of nostalgia (it also hints at conflict, at something lost and longed-for). Death Comes To Pemberley makes great use of the estate that’s familiar to all readers of Pride and Prejudice, but adds a modern layer of mystery and drama.

Quirky titles. Some titles embody contrasts that make readers say, huh? And, of course, that leads them to read the back cover to find out what’s going on: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; One of our Thursdays is Missing; Pineapple Grenade; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The one-word title. These titles tend to work best with really strong cover art. Here are a few one-word titles: Slammed; Affliction; Stranded, etc.

Titles And Book Genre

If you’re writing in a commercial book genre, be sure you have a good understanding of how titles within that particular genre work. And we wouldn’t recommend straying too far away from the conventions of genre book titles; fans of specific genres use titles as a kind of shorthand when they’re deciding what to buy and whether a book will live up to their expectations.

For example: Your thriller might be called Death At First Light. Your romance might be To Kiss A Lady. But you wouldn’t want to switch those titles around.

Just for fun: Check out this book title generator. And here are Goodreads users’ favorite book titles.

Title And Copyright Law

As of this writing, authors can’t copyright their titles in America (which is why if you plug certain titles into Amazon, you’ll come up not only with multiple movies but also multiple books of the same title).

That said, we don’t recommend using the same title that someone else has previously used. It makes it more difficult for your book to stand out.

When In Doubt, Get Help

If you’re coming up with a title, ask friends and family for help. Host a brainstorming session. Sometimes, a new perspective is the best way to hit on just the right title for your book.

But remember: If you’re hoping to publish with a traditional publisher, there’s some possibility that you might not be able to keep your title anyway. Publishers tend to change them (and, don’t worry, your publisher will fret about the perfect title right along with you).

Photo by Trevor Coultart.

QUESTION: What’s one of your favorite titles?






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