The other day my kid wanted me to make macaroni and cheese for lunch, and I thought he said "macaroni and thieves." I teased him about it and said that sounded like a story title.
The next thing I knew, the two of them were tossing out all kinds of silly titles, including gems such as:
"Fork on the Floor"
"Love and Guns" (which I actually kinda like)
"Burnt Toast" (well, we were having lunch, and I think I burned the grilled cheese)
"Mean Mommy" (that might've been mine-I said no to the treats)
It's easy to come up with a title. I have two entire series of stories already titled and ready to go in my head, but they are as yet unwritten (the hard part).
I Googled "starting a story with the title" and nothing really came up except this title generator. It also has character name generator and an image generator. I like generators but never think to use them.
I usually have a working title that I know isn't right, or I use "Untitled," but for me the title has always come at the end after the story is finished.
How much inspiration do you take from titles? Has that ever been a
starting point from which you developed a story, or do the titles creep into existence as the story takes shape?