I’m a recent recruit to Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (the link takes you to details on what that means and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out).
On the first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
Book titles – without a doubt. Although, to be fair, it’s not coming up with the title that’s hard, it’s coming up with the right title that’s the tricky bit. And that’s important – right?
There are books that you read regardless (or in spite) of the title, but that’s usually because you know (and like) the author, you’ve read a glowing report from a trusted review or it’s been given a high recommendation by a fellow reader who shares your taste.
But when you’re new, when you’re an unknown (even relatively so), the title, the cover, these are things that can make or break your draw, your shelf appeal. My usual method for choosing a book in a bookshop is to pick it up and read the first few pages. But I don’t pick up every single book in the shop – no, I pick up those which catch my eye. And what catches the eye other than the cover – the graphics, the colours, the font, the title.
I’ve WIPs which have had more name changes that those proverbial hot dinners. The stupid thing is they’re not yet even close to being finished. But something about getting the right title makes me keep re-naming the document and amending the title page. Whilst that seems silly, each title change has helped me drive onwards. Something about the fact that I’m honing what I feel the book is about in my choice of name inspires me to continue writing.
Mind you, some of the titles I’ve chosen in the past do make me wonder what on earth I was thinking at the time …
Any and all advice for this tricky process would be most welcome!
© Debra Carey, 2018