Welcome to the Bizarro world of novel writing. Today’s post will talk about how to create a title.
(Looking for some background on Bizarro writing? Go here. )
What Matters Most
Sure, a lot of titles created by authors and writers are changed. Some writers don’t even bother, just calling their mss by the names of the lead characters: Leo and Andi, for example. They leave the work to the editors and marketing team. But, I’d like to argue some titles can make a difference. They catch the attention of an agent or editor.
Imagine a publishing professional's delight as they pull an unread mss from an overwhelming stack just because of the title: Taming of the Stew.
Creating a bizarro title can also be a fun way to keep your focus on the story. It takes more than a week to write, edit, re-write, re-edit, submit, re-write again – so why not have something to focus attention on the never-ending story?
Pick Two Thoughts
Using a pivotal point in the story to develop a title is common. However, I recommend picking two random thoughts for the title. What if your hero is a physician who like to wear fuzzy socks to bed at night? My Doc in Furry Socks was a title I once used for a story.
Or maybe the carpenter heroine like to work in bar maid attire: Maid for Tooling.
The title could be a also play or twist on another, more familiar title. Take Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well and it soon turns into All’s Well that Ends with a Funky Twist. Or maybe Ham-let becomes Ham for Rent.
Okay, so let me have it. What titles can we come up with?
Abbi's Tally, September 2012
Working on 2 requested fulls, one requested R&R and one requested partial.
Anyone going for So You Think You Can Write?
Abbi Wilder is in the writing/editing mode now that kids are in school. She can be found on Twitter (@abbi_wilder) or blogging . . . somewhere.