I don’t always write the title before I have a story in mind… but when I do, it’s a damn good title.
At least, I think so. I wonder how many other writers do this, this writing from the title?
Don’t get me wrong, most of my stories have proceeded from an actual story idea, and the title came later. But for me, I often get an idea for a title I really like, and then I strain my brain to think up a story that makes sense with that title.
Just off the top of my head, Child Full of Stars worked that way. “Man, that’s a great title. I need to write a story with that title.”
The Tomatoes Bloom in Winter, too. Bullets for Buddha. The Fourth Dog. Nice Weather We’re Having Today. There are others, too. I think at least a quarter of my stories start that way.
So, fellow writers, do any of you do this too? Do you think the stories that start this way are better, worse, about the same as your story-first-then-title writing?
A note: originally, I was going to make all of those story titles in the body text into links for the corresponding story at one of the several outlets it is available in. But when I gave it a second thought, it seemed like a weenie thing to do. Maybe you agree with that, and maybe you don’t; in any case, there are links to lead you to where my ebooks are sold over there on the right sidebar if you’d like to do some reading. The only one of them that won’t have all of them is Amazon, where you can’t get my freebies but you can still get everything else. My paperback collections are over there on Amazon as well, but not anywhere else.
- “Does This Need a Title?”: Helping Students Generate Titles (whatsnotwrong.wordpress.com)
- Let Us Speak of Titles! (gettingawordinedgewise.wordpress.com)