On Titles

I used to be awesome at titles. For real. My fan fiction has awesome titles, catchy and intriguing and epic in scope.

That has changed recently.

I don't know what's up with me, but right now my titles are boring and descriptive. Agent Ted and I are agonizing* over what to call The Book. And my Next Book is titled something so boring I can't even bring myself to type it here for fear that you might fall asleep just reading it.

And there are so many good titles on the market, recently.** The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Dead and the Gone, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Winter Girls, Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover, Shiver, ...I could go on and on and on. We're having a real title renaissance at the moment, I think, and, as a result, I'm having a bit of title jealousy.

Jane, over at Dystel and Goderich, had a recent post about titles, and so did Eric over at Pimp My Novel. Neither of these posts have fixed my title malaise (yet!), but they're a good place to start.


* By "agonizing" I mean "sending emails back and forth saying stuff like 'do you like this one? Or this one? What about this one?'" So...not so much agonizing as discussing. You get the point.

** I mean titles, not the books that have the titles, although they might be good books, too, but I haven't read some of them. I'm just talking about the titles here.


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