I find it difficult to come up with titles for things, whether they be blog posts, poems, short stories, novels, or even just file names on the computer.
Most of the novels I write end up with one-word titles. One-word titles don’t really say a lot, but they’re short, sweet, and to the point.
There are a lot of titles that follow the formula The ___ and the ____, or Character’s Name and the ____, or ____ of the ____, or just The _____. Not that there’s anything wrong with those titles at all. They do sort of have a ring to them, I suppose.
Back when I used to write poems a lot, I used to name them the most obscure titles that had nothing whatsoever to do with the content of the poem. That was also when I was back in my emo phase and used to really listen to the Smashing Pumpkins, whose songs often had titles that had apparently nothing to do with the song.
Then I went through another phase where I named all my poems really long titles that were practically longer than the poem itself. I think that was back when I listened to A Day to Remember or Fall Out Boy a lot. They have a lot of super long song titles.
What a title is supposed to do is succinctly sum up the work, which is obviously more difficult to do when you have a long work or a short title. A title, like a cover image, is supposed to give a glimpse of what the book is about. From what I hear, if you’re traditionally published, you typically have very little say in the final title of your book, but if you’re self-published you’ll have all the control and I suppose you could make your title a really obscure one that has nothing to do with the contents of the book. But that might not be wise from a marketing perspective.
How do you title your writing?