Random Title Generator Needed

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Random topics or what the inside of my brain feels like right now?

Due to a glitch in our original topic calendar, we Debs ended up with an extra week, this one, with no topic chosen. Problem? No! Opportunity! So we bring you: Choose Your Own Adventure Week.

Sounds like fun, right? Oh ho, not really, not for me. I’m just about 25 days from publication. I don’t have time to choose any adventures, let alone take any adventures. And even in normal, not book-launching times, I really like a writing prompt. I don’t find them limiting. I think they can help focus your creativity.

My creativity? She’s not focused.

But in thinking about all the many many things I might choose to talk about this week, I found this:

Random Writing Topic Generator

Write about your feet.


Write about your first memory.

Sure, I could do that.

And this: Random Quick Plot Generator

Your main character is a kindly 25 year-old man. The story begins in a casino. Someone is lost. It’s a story about vengeance. Your character sets out on a rescue mission.

“Kindly” and vengeance do seem to beg some questions. There’s a story there, sure. Oh, this one:

Random Image Generator. I wish I’d known about this one when I was teaching creative writing more regularly.

Oooo, this one is funnier: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator.

Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining My Little Pony and American Beauty. The story should use bondage as a plot device!

Probably not? This is fun, though. Gimme another one!

Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Gordon Ramsay and Dance Dance Revolution. The story should use a plane crash as a plot device!

I like it. I won’t write it, but I like it. This, though, is my all-time favorite idea generator:

They Fight Crime!
He’s a time-traveling advertising executive who never leaves home without a Twix. She’s a drug-addicted barbarian haunted by the brutal murder of her family. Together, They Fight Crime!

OK, you get the idea…the many many ideas. Does any of this help you get started writing something? It’s not how I work, because ideas are not the problem. Time is the problem. Selecting the idea that will keep you interested through the long process of writing and (one hopes) publishing is the problem. But who says we can’t have a little fun once in a while, imagining the stories we probably won’t write?

Like, figuring out what our Super Hero name would be? Or our “cool name”?

Fine. Back to my new book about Gordon Ramsay and Dance Dance Revolution. I’m pretty excited about it.

So. What do you guys want to talk about?

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Lori Rader-Day is the author of the mystery THE BLACK HOUR (Seventh Street Books, July 2014). She grew up in central Indiana, but now lives in Chicago with her husband and very spoiled dog.