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Posted: August 19th, 2010, 2:03 pm
by heyimkt
Oh my gosh, I never have titles while they're WIPs. I can't ever think of any! When I send it off to betas, we usually just call it the main character's name as a "nickname" (yeah, we're real creative). I'm horrible at thinking of titles. I wish I could come up with awesome ones! Grr. Now I'm feeling the need to find the perfect one for my WIP...

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Posted: August 19th, 2010, 3:40 pm
by J. T. SHEA
My 3 book steampunk YA series has nearly two hundred short named chapters of a little over a thousand words each. Like Quill's, my chapter titles roughly outline the story. I had little problem thinking up the two hundred chapter titles, with plenty to spare, but I have still not finalized the three book titles!

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Posted: August 19th, 2010, 5:01 pm
by RebeccaB
I love the idea of chapter titles. Asthetically they are much nicer at the top of a page and gives the reader a tiny glimpse of what's coming.

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Posted: August 19th, 2010, 11:05 pm
by Heather B
heyimkt wrote:Oh my gosh, I never have titles while they're WIPs. I can't ever think of any! When I send it off to betas, we usually just call it the main character's name as a "nickname" (yeah, we're real creative). I'm horrible at thinking of titles. I wish I could come up with awesome ones! Grr. Now I'm feeling the need to find the perfect one for my WIP...
Even when I have official titles I still call my books by the main characters name. It's a habit, and not really one I feel like losing.

RebeccaB, talk about pushy... Gesh!

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Posted: August 19th, 2010, 11:32 pm
by RebeccaB
U bet I'm pushy. I need your opinion and seeing as I have not had a chance to grab u with your hectic work life I will continue to resort to posting messages on here. Btw how often do u think a publisher changes your much loved title?

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Posted: August 20th, 2010, 12:47 pm
by Aimée
Hey, you people that are great at coming up with titles, I could use some help. :)

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Posted: August 20th, 2010, 1:49 pm
by fersnerfer
I title short stories only because I have to. I usually hate them and move on.

My WIP is in late revision and I think I have finally settled on a title after going through 3 or 4 possible ones from previous revisions.

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Posted: August 20th, 2010, 2:18 pm
by johndavid
Aimee...


Go through your finished book and try to find a line that would work for the title (even if it's only used once). Even one or two words can work.

As a quick example Sinclair used the term 'the jungle' once in his book with the same title.

Your title is probably inside your book, you just have to go searching for it!

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Posted: August 20th, 2010, 4:01 pm
by NHWriter
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?

Me too! Though I find we're in the minority. Most people talk about how much they dread it or how it's the very last thing they do. It's the very first thing I do. I can't write without a title. It may change later, but I have to have a title if I'm going to work on it.

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Posted: August 20th, 2010, 4:41 pm
by One of the Mad Ones
What about thoughts on titles that come from the book? (Someone just mentioned this.) I find it really hard to title a story or novel anything but a phrase or line from within the work, but I know this irritates some people. They get to the phrase in the story and it pulls them out.

I also refer to my stories, even when they're titled, as brief descriptors: The Foot Story, The Cat Story, The Carnival Story....

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Posted: August 20th, 2010, 4:44 pm
by stephmcgee
I can't say that it bugs me to have a title that's something from the book, because I honestly can't remember ever noticing it in the course of reading.

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Posted: August 20th, 2010, 6:02 pm
by johndavid
The title from a line in the book reminds me of music.

Some songs are titled right from the lyrics in the song. That is all some groups do. Some groups (Pink Floyd immediately comes to mind) hardly ever title their songs from the lyrics. Most people think Pink Floyd has a song called 'Dark SIde of the Moon' because that is in the song and it is the name of the album. In fact that song is actually titled 'Brain Damage'.

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Posted: August 21st, 2010, 2:05 am
by CourtneyLeigh
Titles are fun, but I don't like to force them. I like to casually think about possible titles, maybe try one on for a while, see how it feels in my mind. If I start to get nervous about not having a title, it just ends up getting harder and harder to think of anything good. Also, as a personal preference, I like having titles that appear in the text somewhere. I don't know why I like it. I just do, so that helps when coming up with titles. Because I can go back to what I've written and pick out some parts that I feel resonate throughout the whole text. Sometimes I find a little golden nugget of a title.

[edit] Cool. Five people before me just said the same thing. I feel really cool now.

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Posted: August 21st, 2010, 11:37 am
by J. T. SHEA
What about BUY THIS BOOK OR ELSE!

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Posted: August 21st, 2010, 12:17 pm
by elfspirit
I find coming up with a title much more difficult than writing the book. For me, the best way is to forget about it and let it sneak up on me.