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    Story or Verse titles

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by AWR, Feb 10, 2008.

    Sometimes I think the hardest part of writing a story or verse is finding the right title for it.

    It's great if it falls out of the text but sometimes it just isn't obvious to me.
    I often feel a little "Leonardo da Quirm"-ish and the title ends up too literal.

    Does anyone have the same problem?
    How do you find a good name?

    ... and, while we are at it, what it the most punnish name you've come up with?
    Mine would be "Designer Genes" (about genetic manipulation :rolleyes:)
     
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    I almost always name stories I write after songs. Whenever I write something, I usually listen to the same song over and over again on repeat until the story is done. Then, I name it the name of the song. It sounds silly, but it works for me.
     
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    I like titles which are sudden and out of the blue. The title doesn't have to be very extravagant and full of meaning. It could be just a word, but that word should have so much force within it that one is compelled to read it. Like 'A pot'. Now, that's a stupid and meaningless title in itself, but that's what drives you to at least check the first page. A title whose concept is hidden or unusual in a good way, is sure to get the reader's attention.
     
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    For me, I usually have a "working title" when I start writing, but the majority of the time I change it after much of the piece has developed. I tend to favor one word titles or short phrases, and dislike starting a title with "A" or "The".
     
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    I've got a hell of a hard time figuring out a book title, but chapter titles... I use puns, playing off song, book, movie and game titles, things like that. Also allusions I have no business making. Not as bad as an episode of some seventies show, but still.

    Also, perhaps it's because I grew up reading the Animorphs books, but I love titles that are "The XXXXX"
     
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    Titles...i don't know. It comes spontaneously to me.
     
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    my work almost always titles itself, thankfully... and, as what i write now is philosophical, many of them are a play on words/double entendres, as you can see if you browse my site...

    obvious puns such as 'designer jeans' are much used, sorry to say... that one, for instance, kicks out nearly a million and a half hits...
     
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    Articles and such almost always have a lead that is determined by me.

    For fiction pieces, I just have a working title (usually the first name of the main character) until the title pops out at me. But I never get too attached to them, since a publisher will almost certainly change it anyway.
     
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    Recently, I've started the majority of my titles with either "Of" or "On", then proceeded with something poetic. Otherwise, a word or phrase that incorporates the essence of the story, or the title of a song.
     
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    My book titles always have to do something with the story (obviously heh XD), and usually the title of the book is a repeated and important phrase within the story, and isn't just an obscure title.

    As with chapter titles, well, I just make them up as I go along ;)
     

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