Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What's in a Name?

Hi all! Happy Weds. It's time for another round of the Blog Chain and this week's topic is a GREAT one from  Alyson:

How do you come up with titles for your work? Does it just come to you or do you spend hours stressing about it? Do you use silly working titles? What have you read recently with a great title? An awful title?

Ah yes, titles....the bane of my existence. I am the first to admit I am NOT a good title generator, though I have improved greatly with my fiction. With non-fiction, I just ... well ... I'm horrible at it.

Let's start with fiction. I am a deep thinker, so I tend to find obscure, deep-meaning titles for my word. Lacrimosa is a great example of that. It means "day of weeping" and is from the Requiem mass. It fits the theme of the book perfectly. But for most people, it is not a good title - heck, most can't pronounce it and yea...not the best. (though I LOVE IT). My other fiction titles, both on for unpublished and published works, are better.

My nonfiction has been retitled by my publishing house EVERY.TIME!!! Not that I mind at all. I learned a long time ago NOT to get married to the title - to be flexible on it. And I am.

What about you? How do you title your own work? And for my readers out there, do you judge books by their title? For more on this topic, check Sandra's post from yesterday and Katrina's tomorrow

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