Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Titles: How Do You Come Up With Good Ones?
Everything I write has a working title. Most of them are named after the setting, the main character, or, if I'm being really creative have titles like "The One with the Demon in it". Because I need to save the files on my computer under something, right? I always do this on the understanding that later on I will come back and give my WIP a decent title, and that it's more important to worry about plot and characters at this stage in the game. But, for some reason, I really struggle with titles.
And, of course, the title is the first thing that will capture a reader's attention, right? It doesn't matter how weird and scary and unsettling that story is, if it's called "The One with the Demon in it" it's not going to inspire a lot of confidence in the rest of my writing ability.
Here are some brilliant titles from some books on my shelf:
I Have A Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes
Electric Jesus Corpse
Death and the Running Patterer
twenty-six lies/one truth
In Cuba I Was A German Shepherd
The City of Dreaming Books
And all of those titles, at one point, caught my attention in a book shop. They stood out. They interested me enough to flick through a few pages and decide to spend my money. And that's what a title should do. It's the first point of contact with a potential reader. A title should be special.
Over to you! How do you come up with a killer title?