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    Title suggestions

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by DeviKnight, Jan 11, 2015.

    So I have a story that is about politics and love. I am looking for some title suggestions since I can't seem to figure out what would be best to call this. Thank you in advanced.

    Here is a short summary of the story.

    He's the governor, running to become senator. She's just a woman who somehow managed to become his press secretary. Many of her views are the same except when it comes to family. He has the grand family, she has nothing. Allison must keep her personal life and professional life separte or else she could cost herself and Matthew more than just their hearts.
     
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    1. That summary is way to little to build a title upon.
    2. Only you can come up with a title for your story. It's like coming up with a story idea, no one else can do it for you, since only you know what you want to write. So I suggest you brainstorm a little, just write down anything that comes to your mind, even if you think it sounds bad or pathetic. Then look through the list and play with the titles you've come up with. And maybe take a shower; taking a shower always helps with ideas. Still can't come up with something suitable? Then let the story lie for a few days or a week without touching it. Then read through it again and see what your mind tells you.
    3. Is the story finished? If it isn't you shouldn't worry about the title yet. Finish the writing first.
    4. Welcome to the forum. ;)
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    What's the genre? A romance with this plot would differ from a psychological thriller with this plot.
     
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    Woah! What's up with the avatar, @GingerCoffee?
    This will keep me confused for weeks! :(
     
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    Well, I'm a month early but it's the year of the goat. The year of the horse is ending,

    I'm not sure yet if I like this goat image, it came out a tad fuzzy.
     
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    I'm trying to keep it more romance than anything else.
     
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    "An Illicit Affair" or "The Senator's Secret" if you want some sort of cliché title.

    Something like "The Pecking of the Daws" if you want some sort of an obscure reference as the title.
     
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    I don't have any advice- only to commiserate because I have the damnedest time thinking of titles.

    Half the time I feel like titles don't have anything to do with the actual work- so I'm going with a quote from Stephen Foster for my novel... because he was my great-great- etc Uncle.
     
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    A lot of people get title inspiration from well-known literature. Shakespeare is a good source. Some people use the Bible. An internal phrase from any classic literature is more or less fair game. Another fine source is any traditional music that 'anonymous' in origin.

    I'd suggest getting hold of a book of famous quotes ...your library should have one. Or google 'famous quotes' and see what you get. You may find a phrase that suits your work to a T.

    My first book is a simple one-word title, which I started using as a working title, and it's now evolved into the 'real' title. However, I've also chosen the title for my second book, using part of a line from a traditional song that many people know. It will be called Going Over Home from the old song Poor Wayfaring Stranger. My book contains some of the themes in that particular song, and it struck me as 'just right' when I ran across the line.
     
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    Dance of the Paperclips
    The Politician's Breath
    A General Erection
    Naked Manifesto
    Administrator's Ambition
     
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    Fun fact. I did this subconsciously!
     
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    What about "Dancing in the dark" or "The only choice"? It's pretty hard to suggest, may be giving more information will be helpful :)
     
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    Hmm. I live in Washington DC and am kind of soaked in political stuff in my day job so I'll take a stab at plays on words using politico-speak. Is it more from the woman's point of view I'm assuming?

    "Special Interests"
    "'Personal Privilege"
    "Backroom Deals"
    "The Smoke-Filled Room"
    "Breach of Decorum"
    "Off the Record" (Oooh a press secretary pun!)
    "October Surprise" (this is a term for a scandal that upends a campaign at the last minute)
     
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    'Your, your "manifesto pledge" was it senator? To slash teenage birth rates? A pledge. My pledge? You bastard, I pledge to destroy you.' said 17 year old intern, Jake Wankofa. 'And the evidence, is all here on my iphone 7, my cell. I know everything about your dirty tricks, you and Michelle. A poker night, eh?'

    Across the executive suite, senator Bill Passage slumped visibly at his zimmer frame. 'She tucked me in, so, so I admit. But it was forfeit chequers, you little motherfocker.'

    Jake's quest for power was insatiable. 'You make me sick,' he said. 'I say supermax. I say Colorado. A whole new dungeon for you, Pops.'

    The two men wrestled atop the carpet...
     

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