So, this is going to be a collaborative effort. Today I wanted to give tips on creating titles for your work, whether it be your novel-in-progress, a magazine article, short story, or letter to the editor. Here's the truth (and it's going to be in all caps, so be warned)... I SUCK AT TITLES. It's true. Coming up with a title is the most difficult thing about writing for me.
How do I usually do it?
I come up with the most obvious, blatant title and slap it on the document. I don't try to create some meaningful, airy title that's symbolic of several different aspects of the book. I use a line from the book, an object, a person, or a combination of the three. For some books, it works: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Howl's Moving Castle, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe... etc. The trick is delivering a catchy title, one that sticks in readers' minds.
I have a creative block when it comes to titles. They aren't symbolic, clever, or poetic.
What are some of your favorite book titles? and How do you come up with titles?