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MeganBryar

The thing I hate most...

About writing my stories is always trying to come up with the title for them. I absolutely suck at titles, and I never like the ones I come up with. I'm jealous of all of you who can come up with such great titles for your work.
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Added: 5 years, 4 months ago
 
dmfalk
5 years, 4 months ago
Titling a story is never an easy task, but it depends on an idea, an inspiration, or simply trying to sum up in some witty fashion what's going in them thar stories... :) Several of my stories, for example, are named for songs. :)

d.m.f.
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 4 months ago
Psst... Every chapter in "The Bat & the Cat" is titled after a Garbage song. Lol.
dmfalk
5 years, 4 months ago
It's a common practice, to name stories or chapters after songs or lines from songs- Usually Beatles and Stones songs tend to be the most-used, but U2, Bob Dylan, Smiths, Nirvana, and many others are often targets for such titles. :) And it's not just fan authors who do this- It's quite common amongst the "big guys" (King, etc.) to have raided their music libraries for book/chapter titles! :D

I feel sorry, sometimes, for writers of old, who often had long, unimaginative book titles, only to have said titles be abbreviated by popular usage (Moby Dick, Gulliver's Travels, etc.)-- Titling today, whether swiping from songs or not, is a lot more creative than it ever has been! :)

Then there's the matter of actually writing a story of some reasonable quality.... Now, there's a challenge! ;)

d.m.f.
MeganBryar
5 years, 4 months ago
simply trying to sum up in some witty fashion what's going in them thar stories

That, of course, is the root of the trouble, as you want something that's succinct and that will catch a reader's attention before they even read the first line, but which doesn't give anything away. I can do it. It just takes a long time to sort things out.
dmfalk
5 years, 4 months ago
It often is the last thing I come up with, and can be hit & miss- Some of my titles I wish I had come up with something more clever... :P

d.m.f.
MeganBryar
5 years, 4 months ago
Boy do I know that feeling. It's funny how you can really like a title when you come up with it, but a month or a year later you just wonder what on Earth was going through your head when you did that!
dmfalk
5 years, 4 months ago
Eh, sometimes it's just a dead end-- "Portals & Friends" is a perfect example. :P

d.m.f.
NikkiBoundWolf
5 years, 4 months ago
you and me both, Megan :p I suck at titles.
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