Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Working Title

I've recently realized that I can't properly put my heart and soul in a book without the real, honest-to-goodness, correct title. I've been lucky that most of my titles have just come to me and I've loved them. The one title I worked on the longest, THE DISLOYALTY OF COLORS, took some brainstorming, but as soon as I saw it, I knew it was it. I even knew the sequel titles, if I were to write any of them (I haven't).

But now I'm in a jam. I have an idea I'm really into and even started writing (about 7k), but it just doesn't feel right without a real title. I've had two working titles, but they just left me uninspired. Titles to me are super important; I want my title to reach out to readers and force them to read it. To wonder what it could mean so that they must pick up the book. But that has happened yet for WIP #4.

I've tried brainstorming. I've written down key words, phrases and themes, but nothing has jumped out at me as THE TITLE. But I just can't move forward without.

I'm hoping as I outline the story more, something will jump out at me and click, and I'll have that "Eureka!" moment. But I guess for now I'll just have to keep putting the pen to the paper.

How do you come up with your titles? Any suggestions?