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Old 03-20-2010, 02:04 PM
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Typically, the ending comes to me when I finish it. However, a short story I wrote called "Butterflies Chasing" had it's title long before it was finished.

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lind Mans Guide to Roller kating.

y Ray Charles.


Simple title, direct and to the point. No confusion as to what the author is writing about.
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:34 AM
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Uhhhhh, right.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:41 AM
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I've never written a novel or anything, but when I'm planning a short story i get my plot in mind, and then i spend about 30 minutes trying to come up with a name. If i can't think of anything, i'll go do something else, come back, and try to think of a name again. If i still can't think of a name, i'll just write the story until it comes to me.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:04 PM
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I haven't written a book so I have yet to title one but for my short stories I usually just take some random object that has a little bit to do with the story and name it that. That usually raises some intrigue in what the story is about. Then they read the story and think it was a bunch of bull crap, but atleast I had a good title.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:11 PM
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Sounds like this publisher/editor I used to suffer from. No matter how cool a title you had on a piece, he'd roam through it and find some irrelevant phrase and pull it out and use it as a title so he could be part of the process.


For once I got my revenge, though. I took him to court for non-payment and he was idiot enough to bring his son to court (!) so he got to listen to me rant about what a jerk and deadbeat he was, then have the judge agree and knock it down for almost $5000, including punitive damages and read the guy off about the responsibility to stand up for your obligations.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Lin View Post
Sounds like this publisher/editor I used to suffer from. No matter how cool a title you had on a piece, he'd roam through it and find some irrelevant phrase and pull it out and use it as a title so he could be part of the process.


For once I got my revenge, though. I took him to court for non-payment and he was idiot enough to bring his son to court (!) so he got to listen to me rant about what a jerk and deadbeat he was, then have the judge agree and knock it down for almost $5000, including punitive damages and read the guy off about the responsibility to stand up for your obligations.
Wow, I would be soooo mad if I had an editor changing important parts of my work. The nerve!

At least you got him in the end.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:06 PM
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I usually come up with it after I get far into it... I think titles should be left short and/or epic for fiction, and descriptive for non-fiction.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:32 AM
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Well I have two methods.

When I begin writing I put a temporary title in that basically describes what's happening. The one I'm working on at the moment has "wolf people" in the title. And I write. Sometimes I find the title as I write. Often from something witty that one of the characters says and I wind up liking so much because it just sums everything up. Or after I've finished I make a spider diagram. Characters, moods, themes, concepts, names everything and anything and I mix them around in my head until they change from seperate ingrediants into a finished product.
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Usually I tend to just go with a working title, or even just 'Untitled' until I have a good idea in it's own time. I find that if I try to force it, I'll end up with it sounding too pretentious or something. :/

I like the idea of using a quote from a character as a title though, that's definitely one I'll bear in mind.
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:58 PM
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So. Pop quiz. (Category:Naming Creations)

We always refer to "Frankenstein's Monster" as "Frankenstein". Obvious that's not his name. Question is: what IS the monster's real name?
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:13 AM
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By inference, Adam:

from wiki:
In the novel, the creature has no name—a symbol of his parentlessness and lack of human sense of self and identity. He does call himself, when speaking to his creator, Victor Frankenstein, the Adam of your labours.
from tvtropes:
His name is Adam, at least according to readings given by Shelley during her lifetime. In the text of the book itself, though, he is generally referred to as "the creature"
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:29 AM
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Actually, I think he was called Adam in the book.
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:23 AM
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Nope...only in the example I quoted, from wiki. "The Adam of your labours..."
You can look it up for yourself. Seriously.
You'll also note that a good deal of the book is in the epistolary format. Just sayin'.
Didn't we have this discussion once?
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:25 PM
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What discussion?
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:03 PM
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The name of the "monster" discussion. Another place, another time.
I like titles first before writing...sometimes the name of a thing can be inspiration in and of itself.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:46 PM
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The title always comes first for me, and on occasion, but rarely, changes after I've started writing it, or sometimes even a long time after I've finished. Deciding on a title is just as important to me as character names. It has to sound just right and look right and have a certain feel to it.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:27 AM
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I try and stick with something that conveys some sort of philosophical idea that I feel best represents what is taking place in the novel, something that isn't too obvious that sparks interest.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:39 AM
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I usually plan mine before I start writing, and then I make a list of all of the possible titles. I chose "The Crystals of Mars" for my Sci-Fi Novel, and "Playing with Fire", for my other one, both of which are WIP's.

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Old 06-06-2010, 04:45 PM
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I think about it for while. I like to try and keep my tittles simplistic, try to encompass the main feel and moral of the story into it.
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:02 PM
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Try to find a few words that best describes your story. That will be a start.

For me, personally, I like titles with just one word.
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Old 06-26-2010, 02:04 PM
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Titles just come to me. I think your titles should reinforce the theme of your book, or put focus on an area you want the reader to pay attention to. (Themes, characters, setting, important item).
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hhhaaaa Lin... "How to murder your parents", etc...
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:27 PM
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Titles have always been the hardest for me as well. Generally I try to decide what the heart of my story really is and come up with a title based on that. Then the reader will be looking for that aspect of the story as they read.
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So. Pop quiz. (Category:Naming Creations)

We always refer to "Frankenstein's Monster" as "Frankenstein". Obvious that's not his name. Question is: what IS the monster's real name?
lol I love that.
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The project I'm working on is about a robot's slow realization that she'd rather be human. Each time I switch between characters I start with a paragraph that discusses what makes machines different from humans. I was thinking about just titling it, "The Difference."
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Titles are the hardest thing for me.
Fortunately, you don't always need one.
Last year, I submitted a short story to Shadowcast, and they accepted it, even though it was untitled.
They asked me to think of a title, and when I still couldn't, they thought of one for me ("Help Wanted" is the title it appeared under; that was their idea, not mine).
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:58 AM
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Titles always come at the very end for me. Even then I'm usually not satisfied. I'm only talking about short stories and short poems though, I've never tried novels.
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I always go through so many titles until something fits xxx I try to imagine myself as a buyer in a bookshop - if I don't know the author, what else would make me pick up the book - the title. So if you saw your title on the shelf, would you pick it up???
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by RaineDrop View Post
How do you title your work, specifically novels? Do you want until something comes to you or do you just come up with something appropriate?
It's something that can be changed so easily (and often) is that I just leave it to last. And change many times as maybe.
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