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.
THE MOMICLES OF KING'S FORT
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:
CRY ME A RIVER
KISS ON THE GRAVE
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.