Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Name That Book!
Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic:
How do you pick your titles?
I just pull up the TV Guide, do a quick eeny-meeny and voila - new book title. My first project about superheroes I dubbed "Champions League" and my most recent paranormal - "Devil's Night"
Those who've actually read those manuscripts might actually believe they could work (PS - really did just do a quick flip through this week's programming), but yeah.... no. My quest for a title is labor intensive. Or should I say thought intensive.
Acutally, up until a month ago, I was least stressed about picking a title. I was more worried about my novel as a whole, my query, and (ugh) the synopsis. Don't get me wrong - I chose one I somewhat sort of liked, but my adage has always been "Why stress about it when someone could change it with a quick swipe of the keys?"
And then I read Save the Cat.
Boy, was I wrong.
Choosing a title (a KILLER title) ranks right up there with formulating an amazeballs logline. Something that completely NAILS the concept of the book. Yeah. I've been killing myself for that killer title for the past month. And I think I've narrowed the playing field to three. Yay! Three is totally better than the vomit-worthy one I had for, like, ever.
Andheyyeah - I was about to share with my critique partners and writing group TONIGHT. So the timing of this particular RTW - eerily perfect.
Just FYI - I have three other projects I'm playing around with and two of the titles smacked me in the head before the premise did. The third one I think I'll have to beat out first.
So... if you're a writer, how do YOU pick your titles?