1. NoGoodNobu
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    How You Come Up With Your Titles

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by NoGoodNobu, Sep 24, 2016.

    I'm just curious how everyone comes up with the titles for their stories? Do they often change? Do you know from the beginning or do you save it to the very end?

    Personally, I tend to have something fun or lazy to call it in the interim so people know what story I'm talking about till it's officially christened. Official titles come once I feel like I have a complete grasp on the story, whether or not I've fully written it out.

    There was only once where I named the piece first, and had the story evolve from it's premise. It was called "and Wendy." That story came about from my contemplating how the title for Peter Pan had gone initially from Peter and Wendy to Peter Pan and Wendy to just having Peter. And my story evolved out of the thought of a girl who initially assumed she was special only to find out at the very onset she's average, interchangeable, & insignificant, and that it's not quite so "enchanting" being in a land of myth & magic when you yourself are neither.

    But generally they come about much later in the writing stage. My last work took 6 months of writing to have the epiphany of Prestige & Glamour, because it was (no surprise) about magic and the cloaked ambition of one character & the projected persona of the other--and I was elated when I recalled that prestige is from the latin praestigium "delusion, illusion" from praestigiae "deception, jugglers tricks" ultimately from praestringere "to bind up or blind." So with "prestige" as a lie coupled with glamour, particularly relating to magic that alters the appearance of things, it seemed like such a beautiful union & picture of the decptive & illusatory nature of the characters. I highly doubt anyone will read so much into it on their own, but I have no plans to spell it out anywhere in the text.

    My current project, which is not a serious work but is being written as a playful present to my best friend & current platonic love of my life, was named pretty quickly "Half Sick of Shadows" as an allusion to Tennyson's "Lady of Shallott." It's somewhat ironic this project meant only for a singular amusement has the most use of literary devices & techniques than any of my serious works (particularly as it can never be used for publication of any kind).

    So how do you name your works? How soon do you name them? Feel free to go into as little or as much detail as you'd like

    I'm endlessly intrigued to see everyone's various methods & experiences〜
     
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    There was actually a recent thread about this just over here that you might be interested in reading.
     
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    I'm so sorry, thank you for redirecting me

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