Thursday, November 25, 2010


This post is not about Harry Potter. :)

As, you know, I'm a little over halfway through my Nano novel. (Only 3000 words today. So far.) What you don't know is that it doesn't have a name.

Well, actually it has a name.


But that name came from a very, very different story.

The first voice that came to me, was my current MC. See, I didn't actually plan to write this novel, but I was walking home one day- one of the perks of living in my town, and going everywhere on foot- and it came to me. The first sentence. And the novel I originally intended to write went out the window. I can't even remember which one it was now.

In this novel, there's this girl. Whose mother is dead. But then she has to write about her relationship with her Mom.

And then I had this idea to change it up, and give each of 3 other characters a POV. So back when I named it that, the story was a lot lighter. More whimsical.

Now, it focusses on just the one character, and for once I'm having extreme difficulty with a name. Weird for me, because I normally stumble upon a name at the same time as an MC.

I've come up with several things:

A COAT OF VARNISH (yes, there's a reason for this, but not enough to justify it, I don't think.)

And nothing seems to work. They all lean too far to one side. Because this story? This story is not about one thing.

It's about death, but it's about life too. It's sad, but it's fun. It's about being more mature than you are, and acting exactly your age. It's about family, and it's about friends. It's about being independent, and getting a helping hand.

And I just can't find the words to say that yet.

What about you? Where do your titles come from? When do they come to you? First, during first draft, right before querying?

PS. While typing this post, a name hit me. I'll get back to you guys, and let you know if it sticks.


Clarissa Draper said...

I'm horrible with names. I think my publisher will come up with ideas for me. I hope I don't have to decide. I actually ask my family for suggestions. Can't wait to see what you finally choose.

Pam Harris said...

I hate titles. In fact, I tried having a contest for my NaNo novel so other people could come up with a title for me, and finally one stuck. For now. I usually like going for one-word titles, but now I try to draw from a line of dialogue. I hear Courtney Summers does that and she's my fave. :)

Joanna St. James said...

ha ha in all my notebooks i write headings like Brandon's story because for the life of me i can not think of a title so i let my CP do it or pray the editor will change it.
For the record none of those above titles worked for me either am sure the perfect title will come to you b4 you get to the end of it.