I did not intend this post and last post to be titled with Shakespeare quotes (but can you tell that I love the Bard?), but they're both pretty apt. Though not specifically dealing with ooky spooking things, I nonetheless grapple with something ghastly that raises goosebumps on my arms. This month's Round Robin is as follows:
How important is a title? What attracts you to a certain title, and how do you determine what to title your book?
You think it would be the easiest thing to do out of the whole plotting/writing/editing process, but the title is the most difficult thing for me to do. First off, I usually save the document under a random name. A lot of stories I've written for my mom for a holiday: Shubiao's Girls started out as Scary-ish story for madre. Obviously, I couldn't keep that one. It then became Strange Bedfellows, which had way too much of a sexual connotation when it's a book about a family curse and two college students. There's not even a kiss in the book!
Another book, Serpents and Flame (whose title I love love love) also played musical chairs with titles. First it was Medusa's Niece (oddly when Medusa was nonexistent in the story, while in the current version she's extremely important). I believe after the first rewrite it became Serpents and Flame.
I feel like titles should excite the reader and somehow sum up the book. Once, in the fourth grade, we read a book called (I think) Dogs Don't Tell Jokes. I believe it was about a kid who tried to be funny but wasn't, but fourth-grade me was extremely annoyed that it wasn't a story about a dog who does not tell jokes.
Monet Evanesce is one of the only titles that actually came to me before the book did. It's a name of a forger's con I made up, and it popped into my head one day after I saw a definition of the word "evanesce" (it means: 'to gradually vanish from sight'). I had the name, and had to run for a piece of paper because the story was following fast.
How do you come up with a title? Is it easy as pie, or your kryptonite? Follow along the list to see how these other authors deal with it!
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Victoria Chatham http://victoriachatham.blogspot.ca
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com
Heather Haven http://heatherhavenstories.com/blog/
Dr. Bob Rich http://wp.me/p3Xihq-MI
Connie Vines http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Margaret Fieland http://margaretfieland.wordpress.com
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com
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