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?

6 comments:

  1. I'm totally the opposite - the title is always the last thing to come to me. I just have to get the story out. Sometimes it'll come to me while I'm writing, but most of the time I have to sit down and make a list of possibilities during the edits until something leaps out at me.

    Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! I think for a lot of people it's the last thing they come up with, especially since titles are sometimes changed a bunch :)

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  2. Oh man I am legitimately the worst at titles. Most of the time they don't come to me until half way through and sometimes they change like I change my underwear :-S Generally it's something somebody says in dialogue, though, because as a reader I ADORE it when characters mention the name of the book they're in, in passing. :D

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    1. I like when it's something somebody says in dialogue too! Maybe I'll think about that!

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  3. I agree that the perfect title is super important, but because of that, I actually avoid thinking about it for as long as possible. I always hope that I'll write an awesome line in the book and that will become the title (so far, that hasn't happened). Happy titling!

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    1. Ha! I guess it's one of my quirks that I like to think about it first :)

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