Monday, November 8, 2010

#NaNoWriMo Updated and Why Titles are the Bane of My Existance

Today I wrote 1836 words for a total of 14561 so far this month. I keep wishing my adult project was this easy to write. But that is a post for another day. Here is my writing issue that I was thinking about today.

I hate creating titles for my projects.

There are several reasons for this. First, I know that most of the time the title is going to get changed before the book gets published. So I feel like I should not put too much work into a title.

Second, the title is going to stick with you forever. I have never gotten a tattoo because I cannot think of anything that I would want to have on my body forever. I am so ADD that ten minutes after I got the ink I would be trying to scrape it off so that I could get something else.

Third, I can never think of a good title because I am too close to the project. I do not want the title to give too much away but I also want it to be a good representation of what the book is and I want it to be memorable.

Fourth, I know I need a title, and while I can put it off for a while, I will eventually give these monsters a name.

Of all of my projects I only have two titles and both of them are for my children's projects. Both titles are kind of no brainers so I cannot really take pride in them.

So how do you determine your titles? Do you think that I am overreacting? If you have been published what has been your experience with titles and title changes? I would love any comments that could help. You guys are the best!


  1. Nah. I'm not married to my titles ever. It takes me a while to think of anything that will fit and even then I'm open to it changing. I figure my future agent will help me come up with something fitting and wonderful in the end. Good luck!

  2. For me, I actually have to have a title in mind before I start writing. It's weird because I sit and think of my idea, but I keep going back to the title. At the same time with budding ideas, I'm flexible. But my current WIP. I love the title. I cant' think of a better one. But if it needs to be changed, then fine. But I don't have a title thought of for my next project. But I feel like I'll need one before I start.