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    Working Title Problems

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Trace, Oct 19, 2010.

    I need a title for my book, but I can't think of one. The book has a lot of fighting, humanoid dragons and guns. Any suggestions would be nice.
     
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    It's going to be hard to suggest a title without knowing a lot more about it. The title should, to my mind, have some deeper bearing on the story itself. Just knowing that there is a fighting, dragon-humanoids, and guns isn't a lot to go on...
     
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    OK then. The book is about a boy about my age (15) finding who he truly is in a world where anything goes.
     
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    Things such as themes, artefacts, character names, or vital but non-spoilerific plot points are useful as titles, as are locations.
     
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    Thank you and I think I'll use the word spoilerific a lot more now.
     
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    Titles are always made from the contents of the book.
    A few examples:
    White Fang by Jack London - was about a wolf that came to be known as White Fang.
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - About a child named Harry Potter and the quest to find the Sorcerer Stone and protect it from He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named (Couldn't remember the spelling of his name so I just went with the second best thing)

    Anyways, I've never come across a book that has a title that doesn't come from the contents of the story. True there are some titles that isn't an exact thing from the book, but they still come from the book itself.

    So look into your book, pull out some ideas and see where it goes. When doing so though, try to find something that's key to the story and plot, but doesn't give away the book and everything in it.
     
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    Think about the theme of the novel, your characters, the conflicts your characters go through, the setting, etc. Maybe think of a quote that someone said that you can pull your title from. Many things make a title, and try to think of it yourself.
     
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    Finish the book first, and worry about the title later. For now you could just use "Untitled 1" or something similar. More often than not I've changed my title after finishing a story.
     
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    "Dragon Rage"
     
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    "Fighting, humanoid dragons and guns!!!"

    Best working title evah.
     
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    Gotta agree with Thirdwind here ... the title should really spring from your book, ideally illuminating some of the deeper themes contained within it. If you don't know the title right now, then chances are, you're still searching for the spine of the piece.

    I gotta say, my favorite title of all time has to be I am Legend. I remember scratching my head about the title as I read the book, not understanding it all. It was only until I hit the last page when it all clicked into place and it was a great feeling.
     
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    I'd read it.
     
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    That's perfect! (BTW you misspelled humanoid)
     
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    thank you, guys and girls, for the support (no, I am not finished trying to decide what to title my book).
     
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    Instead of trying to name it from the point of view of a writer, think about it from your readers' POV.

    If you were interested in books like yours, what title would make you buy it? if you wanted to read a book like yours, what words would you use to search for it on Amazon?

    If the book is about a dragon named Jesepho who eats boys and then gets killed by Trace, you can't name it Trace & Jesepho. That might have worked in the days of White Fang. But it doesn't work now. You've got to compete. Something like "How to Kill a Boy-eating Dragon" would work much better.

    In the blogosphere we call it link-bait. Alas, with so many books so easily published, you now have to compete as fiercely as the bloggers and mag writers. White Fang would die a horrible death if originally published under that name today. It lives on because it already has traction.
     
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    I know this was meant with humor, but for a working title, I think it's great!

    Make your story into a comic and the title can be left as is. [​IMG]
     
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    Titles don't matter until the very end, and sometimes a good one won't come to you until you finish a deeper or more climactic part of the story.

    My working title right now is "Alternate intro 1" because I started writing a new opening for my book, but then I decided I'd just turn it into a large second draft of everything else I had. Before that it was "an attempt at fine literature" and "mike's awesome story."

    Plus I hate having a title when asking people to review parts of it. I don't really know why. Maybe its because I know the title's not gonna make any sense with the little excerpt they're editing for me. And a dumb, unthoughtful title can give a bad first impression of an already rough and incomplete story. At any rate, just find something you can recognize. Maybe even something funny. The book will eventually give itself a title.
     
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    I can understand the frustration of not being able to come up with a book title. It's something I'm usually good at. But I agree with thirdwind. Don't worry about it right now, just get your book written! Then worry about the trivial stuff like catchy book titles. Just give it a working title like w179 suggested, lol ;-)
     
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    The Chronicles of Fighting, Humanoid Dragons and GUNS!
     
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    Fighting, Humaniod Dragons, Acne, Adolescence, Girls (dah!:redface:) and Guns.

    Being serious for a moment, don't worry too much over the title. Keep on writing and who knows, the title may spring from what is yet to be written.

    Best of luck with your story.
     
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    Thanks for the continuation on an already awesome title!
     
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    I vote this one. Very creative.:D Add ''Acne'' and ''girl'' and it would be perfect!

    Seriously though, think of a song your story reminds you of. Or maybe just think of a word that has the general meaning of the story. Just throwing out some suggestions.
     
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    Guns N' Dragons.

    I'm a genius.
     
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