What is it about titles? I honestly don't know. What I do know is the idea of titles torment me. I can't sit down, look at my writing and come up with a list of titles. I can't even come up with bad titles. Any titles I have were pure inspiration.
Leaves of Fall.
All stumbled upon by luck. I was writing, saw a word and realized it'd fit the story. I think those are the lucky stories. I'm still waiting for the right word to pop out for JJ's story. Or Zack's. Or Caleb's. Or Alex's. Their stories are all sitting with no titles. Their names are the titles right now or a feature of the story. I'm especially interested in naming JJ's story. His is a story I want to pursue more. I want it told. Everyone else, they have to cross their fingers and then they will need some major rewrites, editing and beta reads.
Titles are one of the first things a reader sees when they look at a book. It's how the reader tells a friend about a story. "I read this book called Twilight and it was amazing!" (Twilight haters, shush. I wanted a title everyone knows and you can't deny that the majority of people know of the Twilight series.) If the title interests the friend, he or she asks more, puts the title away in their mind for pursuing later. A title means everything to a story, the gateway into a new world.
Hm, I feel like this post should have more... Maybe some questions. I know! (I'll bold it to ensure you read this part. It's in bold that must mean it's important... Sorry, I'm getting tired and that makes me a little loopy.)
How do you think up titles? What titles click with you? Made you want to pick up the book and read? What's the craziest title you've seen? Don't be shy, I want to know.