Naming things #IWSG

Twice Cursed is coming and this month’s IWSG question made me both smile and want to slam my head on my desk.

IWSG Question of the Day: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

Book titles. Without a doubt it’s book titles. Rarely do I have a problem with naming characters. Sometimes I forget to name them, but eventually I do. But book titles…

Twisted Magics and Shattered Illusions both went through changes before I settled on the final title. Twice Cursed I agonized over before starting as a project (had I think 3 or 4 I was debating between) and I was lucky it stuck. Book #4 I keep staring at the title, wanting something else, but right now it still fits. I’ve got a temporary title for a different book that I slapped on there because it amused me, but it’ll change. It better change. It’s too silly for what that particular book will contain.

I also try to use the title somewhere in the book. I’d have to look back again, but I think I left in something of the original title I had for Shattered Illusions. Not the actual title, but a nod to the path I thought the story was going to take. Twisted Magics had placeholder titles for a while because I hadn’t planned on publishing it initially. I was using it to try and flesh out the world and some side characters for a different story and then I found that this was the story I actually needed to tell.

Since I try to get a full draft down during NaNoWriMo, I will come up with a title, using it to at least attempt to keep myself on track knowing that the title could very well change. I didn’t get a full draft of #4 finished until last month (finished NaNo, just not the story), but I went from looking at the title as annoying to it fitting better. Not enough for me to release it though. Also while I love the path it took, I’m concerned about the path it took (hello darkness, my old friend). If I have to go with one of my other ending ideas, it might not fit so well.

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6 responses to “Naming things #IWSG

  1. Interesting! You know, I spend time trying to think of word twists for the Cera Chronicles, but my main book series is pretty much set already. Of course, the names mean more to me than the the average uninformed reader who has no clue what my made up words refer to. 😀

  2. I have every confidence the title will come, if not at this stage, then when you get to the beta reading stage. I find sometimes I need to identify the core theme before I can name the book–which we often don’t discover until the work is complete, eh?

  3. I usually have an obscure reference to the title in the body, as well, because it’s linked to the theme. As you read through your draft, something will likely pop up for you. I’m with you on the dark path – thought I was writing a ‘light’ cozy, but not so much, it turns out.

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