Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Which Came First, the Title or the Story?

First of all, thanks to all of you for commenting on my last post! Looks like #4 wins!  I'll let you know how it turns out (I'm not holding my breath though!).

Let's talk about titles today.  We all know that publishers often change the title of the stories they buy, but for me, it's hard to write without at least a working title.  For my current WIP, Anemone, I had the title before I even wrote one word.  The story was more born from the title rather than the title from the story.  But for Still Loving Ghosts, I had several chapters written before a song I had on repeat spoke the title to me.  I'm attached to both of these titles, obviously, and it hurts to even think that they might change one day, but I do understand that it's a possibility.

What about you? Title first? Story first? Are you so very lovingly attached to it and will fight to the death for it if it's threatened, or do you think it's lacking and can't wait for the pros to come up with a better one?

9 comments:

  1. typically story first. Though every once in a while the story is built around the title

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  2. I cannot title anything until I finish it (essays, books, blogposts--whatever) Until the end I'm never really positive what it's about. So I probably wouldn't fight for my title unless a publisher has an (what I think to be) awful one. A good way to find titles is in song lyrics.

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  3. I've had it happen both ways. Usually I'll think of a story first, but a few times I've had a title pop in my head and it was so great, I wrote book for it.

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  4. The story comes first. Titles stress me out! I wait until the end, then I have a better idea of what to title it, though it's still hard for me, lol.

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  5. My titles come first. I don't know why, it defines the story for me. (Love your titles, by the way)
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  6. I suck at titles, so story always comes first. I'm not really attached to any of my titles, so I'd be willing to change any title a publisher wanted. haha

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  7. I have to at least have a working title. Without a title I feel like it's harder to focus my story. I am not sure why though :)

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  8. I didn't think it mattered about a title but finally coming up with mine makes all the difference. It makes me feel like I have something to build on. I don't know if it will always be that way for me...

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  9. The title usually comes to me early on. And Anemone is a lovely title.

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