At this point I have an idea, a character, an archetype, at least thought about the ending twist, reviewed some humor approaches, wrote a first paragraph, and layered in the tray fail cycles. I had a week to get a first draft and the week was almost gone. I have a story, but it has the lovely title of Claudia’s short story.
How does one come up with titles?
I think this is an art not a science. I’ve read different articles on the how to’s, but honestly nothing has stuck. The advice ranges from see what ‘sells in our genre’ to ‘find the essence of your book’ to ‘listen to song lyrics’. Sigh.
What should you do? First I give myself permission to have a sucky title while I’m writing the story. I can’t let that block me from writing.
My title may be perfect for the story in my head, but since I’m a pantser the story I get at the end may not match the original idea. That’s okay.
When I am done, I reread the story one last time. Sometimes the title pops, other times I have to try brain storming techniques.
Did I pick the perfect title? Maybe.
What do you do to pick your title or what have you read that you thought was wildly mistitled.?