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    What Should My Title Be?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Jeph, Jun 11, 2014.

    I'm currently working on a creative writing assignment for school. I need a good creative title for my story.

    My story is about a kid named Stanley who is depressed and contemplating suicide. He is angry because it seems no one else has to suffer the way he does. He then gets struck by lightning and turns invisible. He decides to use his invisibility to make other people feel the same type of pain he does. He chooses a kid at school named Jamal to target first because Jamal is smart and always happy. He enters Jamal's house and listens to Jamal and his father talking. He finds out Jamal's mom has cancer and has two weeks to live. Stanley feels inadequate because Jamal can deal with his mom's cancer without having it affect his outward appearance in school. At this point, Stanley feels utterly useless so he kills himself by hanging himself.

    What should I title this short story? I know its a dumb story. I had to fill requirements and include mandatory things like magical realism and stuff like that.
     
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    Have you actually written the story yet? Titles tend to come to me after I've finished the first draft.
     
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    Yeah it's already finished.
     
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    Just go for something random, that's what I do. I am horrible at finding titles, too.
     
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    In Plain Sight

    That's my bid. There is clearly (whether you intended or not) a message intertwined in his invisibility and subsequent discovery that others do suffer as he suffers. Not all suffering is visible. Most isn't. He's invisible, suffering is invisible.
     
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    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    The Empty Noose

    or

    Struck
     
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    When I'm at a loss for a title, I tend to Google Shakespeare quotes. I don't think I've ever actually used one, but they tend to get my thoughts flowing about the subject.

    I just Googled

    Shakespeare about hiding

    and found some interesting quotes.

    Edited to add: I got better results with

    Shakespeare quote hide
     
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    How about "A Dumb Story"?
     
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    Can't you see my pain?
     
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    An investigation into the metaphysics of teenage anxiety
     
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    I would like to offer a title for you.

    The other side of the mirror.

    I can explain why I think this is a good title. If you don't like it, I will use it myself. :)
     
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    Invisible Stanley
     
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    Jeph,
    I don't think it's a dumb story. I think it shows imagination.
    Personally, I wouldn't end the story with the main character killing himself.
    It might be more interesting if the insight he got from his invisible spying
    proves to him that he is not alone in his 'misery' and it effects him to the point
    that he changes his mind about killing himself. Kinda like Scrooge in
    'A Christmas Carol'. Your story's idea has some commonalities with that old classic.
    As for title?:
    Misery loves company.
    But for the grace of God.
    Too much rope.
    Suicide is easy, life is hard.

    Rob.
     
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    Sight Unseen

    But failing that my vote is for The Empty Noose
     

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