Tuesday, March 1, 2011
What's in a Title?
Titles rarely come easy to me. Ask my editor at Writer2Writer. I often send her notes when I submit my latest article stating that I don’t care for the title and would be open to suggestions. I’m always amazed when she chooses one that is perfect.
Why can’t I do that? I wrote the article for crying out loud. How can I not come up with a few catchy words to describe what it’s about?
It’s not unusual for me to wait until the very end to choose a title. When reading through a completed manuscript I hope something will jump out at me. Sometimes it works. Other times...
I didn’t even choose the title for my first children’s book, Little Shepherd. Well, I came close with this one. The original title was The Little Shepherd Boy. Since the inspiration for the story came from my singing the Christmas hymn, The Little Drummer Boy, to my girls at night, I didn’t stretch my imagination much.
Perhaps as I grow as a writer, titles will come easier to me. I’m only thirteen chapters into my next project, a middle grade historical, and I’ve already decided on the title.
Now that’s what I call progress.
A longer version of this article appeared at the Thoughts in Progress blog on November 9, 2010.