Monday, May 15, 2006

Naming Stories

I was working on a revision of a story this morning and a new title just hit me out of nowhere. A lot of times I use a working title just to get things going and then brainstorm for a new one later if it doesn't just hit me during the writing process.

I had initially chosen a name that didn't quite fit, but helped me to focus a little bit more on the details of the story. The story is based on some events from my own life, with modifications and embellishments, of course, to actually make it interesting.

I wonder how other writers come up with titles for their work? It seems to me that the title can be extremely important in drawing the reader's eye from that crucial first glance. If it doesn't have a compelling title to begin with, how many are just going to skip right over it and not give it another chance?

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