Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A Rose By Any Other Name - Title Thoughts
1.) I like to consider my audience when it comes to titles: When it came to the title of Neverlove, I pondered different ideas like, SECOND CHANCES and LOVE AFTER. I liked all three but Neverlove touched on part of the budding romance and dark, twisted nature of the book. As much as there is a story line for redemption, the ever present tone of the book hinges on two teens who'd never truly known love and their fight to keep a fate of neverlove at bay.
2.) Titles do not require a marriage license: I have a work-in-progress that has had a few name changes. It is a YA fantasy with dragons, elves, swords and sorcery. It's current name is AMONG DRAGONS and MEN. I started on this some years ago and can't remember the title it had then. But that's part of the point. Titles carry importance when attracting an audience, however, it isn't necessary to stick to the first title that you come up with. If you happen to get an agent and an editor that suggest a title change, having an open mind is best.
3.) Less is more: Neverlove. Atone. Both one-word titles that are quick to say and share with others. Frailties of the Bond and my soon-to-be-released THEY ALL FALL DOWN. Longer but again, quick to share with others.
4.) What does the title say about the book? Aside from attracting attention, it's a good idea to have a title that is a link, somewhere, some way, somehow, with the story itself. When I came up with the title of Frailties of the Bond, I considered what the story was about. There are a few things happening with this novella. A boy with a strong bond with his mother loses her in a terrible way. He discovers he's bonded to a man he knows little about. A new bond presents itself when he goes on a mission of vengeance. For every bond, there's something fragile about it hence, Frailties of the Bond.
What are some of your thoughts when it comes to titles? Any titles that are a fave for you...and why?