Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IWSG June: Titles & Names



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What's harder for you to come up with, titles or character names?

Excuse me while I give a resounding and hearty laugh.

Okay.

I'm terrible at giving titles to my stories. Pearl is Pearl because that's all I could think of. Last year, when I started planning the quartet of contemporary romance stories I'm still outlining, I decided that "Seeing You" (after a song) would make a good title for the first of the stories. "Hearing You" could work for the second, since there's a musician hero in that one. But then, the titles quickly deteriorated.

But I love character names. The character starts taking shape when I've named them. Sometimes they pop into my head already named--Alexandra and Madeline Keegan from Pearl came that way as did Kimiko and Chris from my short story "Haunted Lake." Sometimes I play around with character names for a bit until I get one I like. I like looking up names on websites like Behind the Name and Nameberry, not necessarily to learn the name's meaning, but maybe to learn its origins or derivations or when the name was popular.

But yes, character names are so much easier than titles.

14 comments:

  1. I had a fit trying to name a couple of characters in my last story. Usually names are easy, but sometimes I have to go on a hunt for them. I just about always have a fit over the titles, though, my current work in progress being the exception. I legit have a document that's just a symbol right now, because I couldn't even think of a working title. That story is obviously not even close to being ready.

    I can see how those titles could deteriorate. LOL!

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    1. Yeah...my besties were like, "Umm...maybe not those titles."

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  2. Well if all else fails ask your beta readers for suggestions. You never know. One of them may inspire something you'll love.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Oh, they have! My editor brainstormed some titles for "When Mary Left."

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  3. Seeing You and Hearing You would've been great titles if it could've been continued...Feeling You? Of course that would have to fit the story.

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    1. Ehhh....they get pretty sketchy after Feeling You, so, uh, the working titles are just the characters' names for now.

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  4. I agree. Titles are more about marketing anyway, so there's a different focus to them.

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  5. I struggle with titles, too. I really like to read through the end credits of movies to look for character names.
    Happy June!

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  6. So many sources of great character names...titles are much harder!

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  7. Naming a series I think adds way more pressure than naming a single book because then you have to keep with a theme.

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  8. Sometimes, I think my titles only make sense to me. :)

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  9. I'm in the titles camp. I could run with the 'Seeing You' 'Hearing You' series idea. But I have a list of 12 titles for a cozy series that may or may not ever be written. I think the titles come to me because they're based upon the theme, which I generally have in mind, even if I don't know the MCs name. Secondary characters come much easier.

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  10. I'm sorry that title theme didn't work. I guess after Touching You, it would get a little weird...

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