See? I gotta be "That Guy" again.
I never give much thought to titles.
Halfway through my first book I thought I should come up with a title. What I came up with reflected the name of the lake in the move, which was Overtree. My response, because of the set up of the landscape was to call the novel UNDER THE OVERTREE.
My second novel was going to be called INDEPENDENCE DAY, and then that rather massive movie was announced with the same name, so I changed it to FIREWORKS.
I did a book set in a town called Serenity falls. So because I liked the name of the town, it became the name of my book.
That's about as much thought as goes into titles and character names for me. For me it is always about the story and the characters first. The rest is just kind of dressing.
Occasionally a line from a song or a a poem will work their way in there. SMILE NO MORE was taken from Poe's "The Haunted Palace" the actual line is "And laugh-but smile no more." I found it chilling and as the novel is about a dead, insane clown, it worked.
When i decided to write a Jonathan Crowley story that involved a haunted train, I looked up song titles for trains until I found the one I liked best. It was more because the idea amused me than anything else. "Black Train Blues" was the result. I did a couple more stories with Crowley for the same series of anthologies so I looked a bit more "Blank White Page" and "That Old Black Magic" were the results.
Again, mostly because the notion amused me.
That's about all I can contribute on this subject, I'm afraid. Except to say I've always wanted to call a short story "Paint It Black" but the story hasn't come around to lend itself that title yet.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Where do great titles come from?
Posted by James A. Moore
I write fiction, a little of everything and a lot of horror. I've written novels, comic books, roleplaying game supplements, short stories, novellas and oodles of essays on whatever strikes my fancy. That might change depending on my mood and the publishing industry. Things are getting stranger and stranger in the wonderful world of publishing and that means I get to have fun sorting through the chaos (with all the other writer-types). I have a website. This isn't it. This is where you can likely expect me to talk about upcoming projects and occasionally expect a rant or two. Not too many rants. Those take a lot of energy. In addition to writing I work as a barista, because I still haven't decided to quit my day job. Opinions are always welcome.