Many moons ago when I started writing for publications I’d submit copy according to my brief but omit a title.
Editors would always come back to me, ‘Great, but what’s it called?’ and I’d spend hours longer than it took to write the article drumming my fingertips against my desk, sweat prickling in my armpits while I tried to think of an amusing or thought provoking title.
Whatever I offered, I’d usually get a ‘Thanks, but I think we’ll call it ……. instead.’
I’d (mistakenly) hoped that the more writing experience I gained, the easier it would be for titles to trip off my tongue, but sadly, this hasn’t been the case.
When I decided to write a novel I worried about the title. Everyone assured me that something would come to me, a line from the book perhaps, something in a dream, a song lyric. It didn’t for a long time, until one day it did. I had a title, a really good one, and I did a little happy dance to celebrate.
A few weeks ago a new book was released with the title I’d thought of and it has done phenomenally well. Back to the drawing board for me. Luckily I had a plan b. The title I’d been reserving for my second book. Last month a book was released …. argggh.
Novel one is now finished. Novel two is underway. They both have titles, but neither of them are quite right. How crazy is it that 85,000 words was a complete joy to write but those few words needed for the cover have me stumped?
Any advice? How do you think of your titles?