There are times when I think I’m pretty awesome. I can get an idea for a short story or a novel and belt out the crux of the story within a week. I love turning a phrase, putting readers through twists and turns and making tears soak the page (sometimes they’re just my own). Why, oh why then do I have such trouble with choosing a title?
If I’m capable of writing a novel length story, fit a plot together and usually have good feedback from my beta readers, why can’t I make a decision on a few words? Or sometimes even one word? I have a notebook full of titles, okay it’s more of a note page on my iPhone, but you know what I mean. I create a new sheet for every story and go through some really good titles and some absolute shockers before deciding on the title. Sometimes I can take an idea from the story. Like The Horlock’s Magnificent Gypsy Circus is about teenagers in the circus.
A short story I wrote recently called Halfway Humans was about the forgotten of our society, those that live on the fringes. This title was taken from my manuscript. Easy right. So when it came to choosing a title for the first book in my romance trilogy, I have pages of titles but I hated every bloody one. The one I ended up choosing is Stand by You and I don’t even know if I’m over the moon about that one. It still sounds too corny, to sickly sweet but it’s a romance novel. I can hardly have the Daffodils of Doom as a title.
Then there’s the prospect of if this book gets published, the editor will probably make suggestions on the title, or the publisher might hate it and want me to change it, or they simply could have another book with a similar title. That would be a slam my head against the wall moment, because it took me a month to just come up with three little infuriating words that may or may not ever appear on the cover of my book.
I’m not the only one with this problem if the amount of random book title generators hanging around the internet is any sign that this is a shared problem.
I wonder if I should give my beta readers the freedom to make suggestions, because they are removed from the writing process. They don’t know how many late nights, or early mornings, or paper cuts and spilt coffee have gone into the writing of that manuscript, so they might be a little more subjective then me. Also their suggestions can’t be any worse than mine. I’m not kidding, that same book could have been called Catch Me. I even cringed when I typed that.
So my good friends! Tips, tricks and title hacks can be thrown this way! Pretty please!
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