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So I found this article from Rachelle Gardner on how to title your book.
Awesome. Because I was having problems. I started Novel #2 recently, and I really needed a title. It could be a working title, but I needed something, so that I could save the Word doc (and not just as Novel 2). So... more brainstorming. My fave, right? So I read Rachelle's blog and I think it really helped.
The first thing I did was made a lit of titles that I liked. My favorite titles were not necessarily of my favorite books and visa versa. I did some analysis and tallied up what each title signified, for example, a setting/place, character or thing. (Most of my favorite titles were setting/places followed very closely by characters). Then I picked my three favorites which were The Dark and Hallow Places, The Left Hand of Darkness, and Let The Sky Fall. I think all of these triggered some sort of emotion from me and made me want to read them. (fyi: I've actually never read any of these novels, so take that as whatever you want).
So then I made a list of single words that fit with my novel. Anything that came to mind. Just general association. Objects, people, emotions, things, whatever. Then the real fun started. I began to put them together. (I don't do single word titles because I think they get too easily confused with other titles. Read my post about that here.) I wanted something that triggered an emotion, but obviously had something to do with my story. But I didn't want to give too much of the story away in the title. I wanted something that would entice the reader, from just the title, to pick up the book and read it. So I made a list of possible titles, not editing myself, and just let them pile up. I sat on them for a little while and when I came back, one or two popped out at me.
It was beweteen The Disloyalty of Colors and The Abandonment of Senses. I decided on the former because I think colors is a cooler word and had more to do with my book than the latter. Plus, I felt like it kind of gave a synsethetic feel to the title. Colors are neither loyal or disloyal in reality, so personifying them is kind of like mixing up the senses, and I thought kind of a cool way to get synsethesia across in my book.
So now I want to do that with my first book, but I'm kind of stuck in mind-set of Code of the Firefly already being the title, so I'll have to see if I can break out and come up with something better.
How do you come up with titles? What are some of your favorites?