aka #writerwoes – Am I right?
Some people can come up with titles like it’s nothing. Me? Not so much. I walked around with a story for months in high school calling it “The Town of Ombre.” I’m not even joking. I picked “Sudden Fury” about two months after I finished the first edit. Yeah, I’m that horrible.
Before I came up with the title for Chains of Destiny, it was called, “Ispartia: Land of Magic.” Ugh. But I thought about themes. And how my main characters both felt trapped in their individual roles. Then in the last third of the story, one of them says, “We all have chains to carry.” And I’m like, “Ooh…” Not that it’s the best title in the world, but really, anything is better than what I had. I wish I had kept the list that had all the possible titles I considered on it. It’s hilarious, I’m sure. I thought seriously about calling it “The Immortal Princess.” Which I still like, by the way, but mostly as a nickname.
But I do that. I make a list of themes and then try to come up with titles based on that. I don’t know how much it really helps, but I did come up with some great titles for the unwritten books in the vampire series. Well…for two of the books. Out of four. o_O
In college, I had a short story entitled “The Third Eye.” No one got it. I thought it was genius. I still do. (haha!) In the story, a minor character chopped up two other characters. I know it sounds morbid, but trust me, it was hilarious. It was a dark comedy. I was thinking the tagline would be, “You can’t see her, but she’s there.” Like the third eye, you know? Did I lose you? Yeah, I lost the class. I had another short story that I changed the title on three times and never came up with anything decent. The first short story I turned in was called, “Then the Lightning Struck.” sticks head in sand
How do people come up with titles? Like why is The Da Vinci Code a good title? Why is The Hunger Games a good title?
Who knows? I have this book on my shelf: Kill Me Softly. THAT is a good title.
But most titles are really kind of generic when you think about it. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Night Circus. Time Weaver. Teardrop. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Da Vinci Code. Little Women. Anne of Green Gables. All they did was take a setting, a character, an object, an idea, and slap it on their manuscript.
City of Bones. I’m not sure how fitting it is, but it’s great title. Another Cassandra Clare title: Clockwork Prince. She’s a genie.
Other great titles: Some Quiet Place, Splintered, Of Poseidon, A Dangerous Fiction. Premeditated. Born of Illusion. Still, they are all generic once you strip them down.
Perhaps I’m trying too hard.
In my upcoming projects I have things like, “The Queen of Diamonds” – probably a keeper, “Never Say Never” – definitely a keeper if I ever get the kinks worked out, “The Shades of My Shadow” – actually makes a lot of sense, but I think I can do better, “The Power” – definitely needs a change, but I’ll worry about that when I get to it, “The Fury” – I actually really like that, and “Petra” – I’m starting to feel like I’m going to be stuck with that.
Hmm…#writerwoes – Lol!