Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The Long and Short of it.
There is always talk of titles when it comes to our stories. You can find some of the best discussions/opinions hanging out over at YA Confidential. Hard to compete with their level of funny and smart but I'll throw in my two cents. The most common questions are always how do we come up with titles? Is it better to have a long one or a short one? Should we really spend a lot of effort when the publisher has the final word on such things anyway?
I don't have a problem with titles. They come to me along with the story idea. But I also would be willing to change one if I heard something better, Usually I like them short and to the point. As in one word. Maybe two. Until now.
Because I totally hate the short title of my current wip.
It feels too plain, too generic. So I took some of the advice I found over at YAC and let me just say...it doesn't matter what you write, this is good advice for all. I tried free word association as it applied to my manuscript. Since I have almost OD'ed on books written in my genre lately I also decided to study the choices of others who have written similar stories.
Now I may go with a longer title. You could say I'm trying it on for size. Also the initials of said possible new title are S.O.B.S. which is like an added bonus and sort of fits my story too. Yes, I am a geek. You're only just now noticing? Please.
So I won't ask if you have problems coming up with titles. I'll just ask whether or not you stick with the first one you come up with?
Come on, you can tell me...