Terrible Titles

I was tagged by Kate Hart (who is spectacular — her debut, After the Fall, comes out in 2016) for the “Terrible Titles” blog hop. Her post is HERE, and her randomly generated titles are actually… kind of awesome.

The rules of the blog hop are simple: Scroll through your manuscript and stop in random places. Whatever words/phrase the cursor lands on becomes one of eight terrible titles.

Fun, right? Since my NaNoWriMo project is a very messy mess, I’m going to use the mostly clean manuscript I wrote over the summer, my road trip story currently called The Road So Far.

But, if it should need an alternate title, here are eight (terrible) contenders…

1. I Find Myself Bitter, Again
2. They Bump Hips 
3. So Full of Hollow Faith
4. We’ve Talked This Shit To Death
5. Long Winding Roads (huh… not so terrible, actually)
6. I Want to Hate Her
7. My Significant Other’s Underwear
8. Stare Out the Windshield

So, there you go… I’m thinking numbers 4 and 7 have potential. 😉

I tag my YA Superlative Blogfest co-hosts: Jessica LoveTracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller, plus my writing buddies Riley Edgewood, Lola Sharp, Elizabeth Briggs, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Happy terrible titling, friends!


22 thoughts on “Terrible Titles

  1. Erin Funk says:

    Oh geez, these are hilarious! I’ve been up all night writing, so I’m totally giddy from lack of sleep, and I think I might wake up my family I’m laughing so hard. Numbers four and seven are definitely the best. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to buy a book with one of those titles, right? Thanks for the laugh, Katy! 🙂

  2. Jess Silverstein says:

    These would be great titles to reverse-engineer, too. Like, I kind of want to read a book that would be titled “I Find Myself Bitter, Again.” Maybe about working in a chocolate shop? Or an NA about a bartender at a fancy cocktail bar (that uses a lot of bitters?)

    “They Bump Hips” could be about a dance contest or a singing group…

    “We’ve Talked This Shit To Death”….could be about a teenage boy who discovers his passion for cosmetology by doing hair and makeup in his family’s mortuary business, but his parents want him to do something bigger in life–like be a motivational speaker!

    #7, though…hmm.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Oh my gosh… I am laughing so hard at all of this. I think you’re on to something here, especially with “We’ve Talked This Shit to Death.” Sounds like a totally legit story!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Thanks, Alice! I know — I kind of like the first one too, though as a title, I think it would give the wrong impression of my MC. He’s not bitter ALL the time. 🙂

  3. Alison Miller says:

    Omg – #7!!! Love all these, Katy! And this just screams FUN. Will post mine soon! Thanks for the tag!

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