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?
- “Does This Need a Title?”: Helping Students Generate Titles (whatsnotwrong.wordpress.com)
- Let Us Speak of Titles! (gettingawordinedgewise.wordpress.com)