Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
Today’s Topic: How do you choose titles for your stories?
Sadly, coming up with clever book titles is not one of my gifts.
That said, I do sort of love the title of the book I’m currently querying: Where Poppies Bloom. The first title of the story was “The Ghost of Bell Cove.” So lame, I know. I picked it on the fly because I needed a name for the file on my computer. As I started to flesh the story out and discover its themes, the title evolved. Nathan, the ghost in the story, initially uses poppy flowers as a way of communicating with the main character, Callie. I love flowers, and I selected poppies as a motif for this story because of their different cultural symbolisms, including sleep, death, beauty. There’s an actual place in the story where poppies bloom (Callie visits it with Nathan), and when I wrote about it, I thought it sounded really pretty. And so, the title was born.
The story I’m revising (rewriting, really) is currently called Loving Max Holden, but that’s changing. I’ve recently discovered that there’s a soap opera character (I have no idea which soap opera) named Max Holden, and while I don’t intend to change my character’s name at this time, the story title is going to have to go. More importantly, as I rewrite, the story’s focus is changing. My main character, Jillian, is becoming stronger and more independent, not so focused on “loving Max Holden,” and in celebration of Jill’s evolution, a title change is in order. Unfortunately, I have no idea what to call the story now. That’s what CPs are for, right? 🙂
What about you… how do you title your stories? And don’t forget to visit YA Highway to check out all the other posts.