Untitled. Where’s that Title?

(This is the comment I left on the author’s blog.)

I’ve used all three of these methods for finding titles for my various short stories, as well as a fourth.

Every once in a while, I dream up a title that I like so much that I have to write a story around it, reversing the process of finding a title to fit a story.

I can’t be the only writer who does that. I just can’t think of who the others are at the moment…

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

Earlier today, I was going through Goodreads and was thinking about how authors come up with titles for their books.  I find it to be one of the most difficult things to do, besides actually finishing the book.

I’ve seen some titles that are rather generic looking, which is unfortunate.  They’re not memorable.  I’ve seen some that make little to no sense to me when I see the book cover.  However, those ones make sense once I read the book.

So, where does the title come from?  When is the book given a title?  To answer the second question, I guess it depends.  I’ve already got a title for my first book, but have no idea what to do about the titles for my trilogy.  My short story that I’m writing for Camp NaNoWriMo has a provisional title that I may stick with.  As for the first question, let’s look…

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    1. My pleasure. Despite having come up with 50 or 60 of the things (and discarding as many stinkers), the process of choosing titles continues to fascinate me. 🙂

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