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Postby johndavid » 17 Aug 2010, 20:28

I was talking to a friend that is writing a book and he said he didn't have a title yet.

I couldn't understand that! I LOVE thinking of titles for my books. I have titles for books I haven't even started writing yet.

So... am I odd? Do you like thinking of titles or is it something you do not concern yourself with?
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Postby stephmcgee » 17 Aug 2010, 20:36

Sometimes as I'm world-building, in all the randomness, various title ideas will come to me. Other times I have to think and think (a la Winnie the Pooh) and finally land on something that is a good place holder.

And then there are the times that magic just happens and I land on a title. But I don't usually worry too terribly hard when I'm first-drafting. (Meaning not beyond the point of finding something to call the story for saving it to my hard drive.)
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Postby Robin » 18 Aug 2010, 05:31

Its weird for me, I can help other people come up with great titles, but have not been able to find one that sticks for my WIP.
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Postby Sommer Leigh » 18 Aug 2010, 05:51

I am on my third rewrite, I've been working on my WIP for a year and a half, and I do not have a title.

Oh I've tried to find a title. But no title has come to me that is any good. So I'm still title-less and I have no idea what I'm going to do and I'm really sick of worrying about it !

I'm terrible at titling and naming things, though.
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Postby CharleeVale » 18 Aug 2010, 07:57

I've been working on my WIP for about 2 years, and I had a title, but the story evolved in such a way that the part of the book the title referred to had to be cut! It wasn't until a couple of months ago that a new title presented itself.

I guess I enjoy trying to think of titles, but finding something that sums up your entire story in an economic manner is so difficult!

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Postby Heather B » 18 Aug 2010, 10:00

I am the world's worst when it comes to titles. That's why I have RebeccaB.
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Postby Bryan Russell/Ink » 18 Aug 2010, 11:00

My wife and I actually have a title game: we pick fragments out of people's conversations (and our own) that would make great titles. I'm a complete sucker for a great title. A great title just grabs you: Of Love and Other Demons. Thank you, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Postby adamg73 » 18 Aug 2010, 11:19

I like coming up with titles but I have to admit, I have trouble with my own as well. Perhaps it's the emotional attachment.
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Postby Emily J » 18 Aug 2010, 11:21

johndavid wrote:I was talking to a friend that is writing a book and he said he didn't have a title yet.

I couldn't understand that! I LOVE thinking of titles for my books. I have titles for books I haven't even started writing yet.

So... am I odd? Do you like thinking of titles or is it something you do not concern yourself with?


I am exactly the same way. I have titles for several novel ideas that are little more than a vague outline and some notes scribbled down hastily. I love coming up with titles and geek out when I find that perfect title that has multiple meanings. The OED feeds into this addiction. I guess I can understand how some people may have difficulties coming up with titles. I struggle with character's names. But brainstorming titles for a WiP is one of my favorite parts of writing. Not you know my favorite, cuz thats another thread.
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Postby Quill » 18 Aug 2010, 21:10

I'm way into chapter titles. My twenty-some chapter titles for my YA WIP actually tell the story (without giving away anything). And none are more than a few words.
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Postby stephmcgee » 18 Aug 2010, 21:19

I like chapter titles, too. I just tonight changed my numbers to titles in the current project. But I know I'll tinker with those forever because they're all pretty lame at this point. It's harder to name the chapters than it is to name the book sometimes.
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Postby Mark » 18 Aug 2010, 21:59

Books are supposed to have... titles?

I thought my WIPs could just go on as _________ Project.
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Postby Heather B » 18 Aug 2010, 23:35

Yep Mark, titles. Generally chapters too. And if you're feeling really wacky you might want to add some words in there somewhere. But let's not go crazy.
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Postby RebeccaB » 19 Aug 2010, 04:57

I seem to come up with fantastic titles for other peoples work (So they say), but when it comes to my own, It just won't come to me as easily. Heather B is writing a series at the moment that i titled, and i still can't believe i came up with them. They fit the story, roll off the tongue, and stick in your mind. Everything a good title should do.
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Postby RebeccaB » 19 Aug 2010, 04:58

Now Heather B get off the other forums and read my query!

PLEASE
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