Monday, 11 November 2013

Titles

I'm borrowing from another blog again. This time it's not Althea but Mich of Sick B*tch. She's a fellow writer and the leader of her writing group sent out a little exercise/survey (Mich's words) about book titles. I actually tend to pick titles seemingly at random and see what fits. They're not easy for me but they're not particularly difficult. Anyway, the point is to take a particular element of you book and give it a title based on that. For this I'll be using Immortal Space.

What would your title be if it . . .

1. Summed up your whole story in a single word? (examples: Proof, Cats, Hairspray)
Immortality. Most of the events of it are based around the fact that Trent is immortal. It's not good it took me a moment to remember the name of the main character.

2. Used so many words we could barely remember them all? (example: Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad)
It Turns Out The Dead Guy Isn't Dead And So We're Going Off On A Magical Space Adventure To A Dead End World In The Hopes Of Meeting Some Chicks Who Aren't Weirded Out By The Fact We Can't Die.

3. Asked a question? (example: What Price is Glory?)
How Would You Live?

4. Issued an order, warning, or advice?
Come With Me

5. Named your main character? (example: Hamlet, Tiny Alice)
The Immortal Trent Saxon. Can that count?

6. Described your main character?
The Space Cowboy

7. Issued a statement from the main character?  (example: I Married a Werewolf)
I've Not Seen It All Just Yet

8. Named your two most important characters? (example: Romeo & Juliet)
Trent And Geoff's Bogus Journey.

9. Described a set of characters? (example: The Odd Couple, Angels in America)
I want to say The Immortals but it would be a bit of a spoiler. Screw it, I'm going with that.

10. Highlighted the setting? (example: Our Town, Little Shop of Horrors)
I think technically "Immortal Space" covers that. Failing that...I got no clue. It takes place on three separate worlds. "To Serataur And Beyond"? I had to look up where they went too. I also have too many copies of Immortal Space. It took me a while to find the latest version. I haven't written a word in that story for six months now. Sheesh.

11. Highlighted the date or era? (Twelfth Night, Year of Living Dangerously)
A 26th Century Adventure

12. Focused on something physical? (Schindler's List, The Diary of Anne Frank)
I'm tapping out on this one. I can't think of a thing.

13. Highlighted a certain feeling or mood? (Wicked)
Inquisitive. That one took a while too. I think my creative juices are pretty drained.

14. Combined two elements usually not matched?
It's pretty hard to come up with something like that. Every time I tried my brain would just give me things that matched.

15. Suggested a lesson? (How the West Was Won)
There's Always More To Do. Either that or "Keep On Living".

16. Were a metaphor? (The Silence of the Lambs, A Doll's House, The Lion in Winter)
Again, I think "Immortal Space" is a good fit for this one too.

17. Summed up the main event? (Waiting for Godot, Death of a Salesman)
I can't really do that one because the main event of the story is yet to happen.

18. Identified the subject of the story? (A Beautiful Mind)
Discovery is all I can really think of for that one.

19. Identified the genre or category of your story? (Pulp Fiction)
Not Another Science Fiction Story

20. Made a literary allusion? (Of Mice and Men, Brave New World, Gaudy Night) 
I'm not really very good at allusions and I'm too tired to really think of some.

This was pretty fun to do which is why I did it in the first place. It's also pretty fun because every book title I've seen falls into one of these naming patterns. Some occur a lot more often than others. Either that or I just haven't read enough books. Oh I should have more news on Immortal Space later in the week.

9 comments:

  1. I loved your answers!! Especially #2, that made me lol.

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  2. I don't even know which category our titles fit into. Minus "The Sensationally Absurd Life and Times of Slim Dyson." Yeah, that's #2. Definitely #2. I wear that badge proudly.

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  3. "There's always more to do". SO so true.

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  4. I loved Mich and this idea, love your answers too buddy.

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  5. I'd make an elephant disappear.
    Oh, I thought you meant ILlusion.
    Well, I am embarrassed.

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  6. I'd need to write a book or something similar to even try this. :P

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  7. I'm only about a sixth of the way through my story, but I'm certainly going to fall back on this technique when it's time for a title. Of course, I've already been jumping ahead and toying with a few titles, but maybe I can find more definitive ones using this method.

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  8. Writing a book would be a daunting enough task as it is, without having to fill out questionnaires too. Though maybe working for the most evil corporation on earth has sucked all the life out of me...

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  9. the good news is as you think through this it would help you to write a one page summary of the novel if you were pitching it...or the blurb for the dust jacket....

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