Story Titling

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Re: Story Titling

Postby Randy Hulshizer » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:09 am

This simple question has turned into a fascinating discussion. Thanks everyone. wotf009
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Re: Story Titling

Postby Chris533 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:23 pm

I HATE HATE HATE the title of my current story -- but was going to just ignore it and submit - but this discussion has been an inspiration -- I've already come up something better -- it can still use some work but much better than what I had
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Re: Story Titling

Postby RSchibler » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:58 am

I’m on my fourth quarter for the contest and the titles get easier every time. I try to go for something that is both a hook that entices the reader to be curious about what I’m getting at and that, upon finishing the story, will have some kind of deeper meaning. I just renamed my Q3 sub to put it out on submission, and am much happier with the new title. I wouldn’t say it drives my writing, though I think I’d struggle to write without a title. Interesting.
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Re: Story Titling

Postby Dustin Adams » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:38 pm

I used to think my titles were pretty good, but my critiques often suggest other titles.
When I critique, I rarely suggest different titles to folks. Well, except for one recently wotf011

Lately (for a few years) I've been into my title being in the body in some meaningful way. Not accidentally or incidentally, but intentionally.
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Re: Story Titling

Postby preston » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:37 pm

I love a good title. To me the perfect title is short, memorable, poetic/lyrical, original, contains concrete images, and has a double meaning, or a new perspective after reading the story. A minor sampling of some great WOFT winning titles:

Adjusting the Moon, by Kerawynn Long (IX)
Winter Night, With Kittens, by Sam Wilson (VIII)
Flutterbyes, by Jo Etta Ledgerwood (VI)
Black Star and Dark Companion, by R. Garcia Robertson (IV)
Silicon De Bergerac, by W. Eric Schult(X)
Arcadus Arcane, by Dennis J Pimple (I)
Conversation with a Mechanical Horse, by Floris M Kleijne (XX)
The Sun Falls Apart, by J.W. Alden (XXXII)
Swords Like Lighting, Hooves Like Thunder, by KD Julicher (XXXII)

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Re: Story Titling

Postby VinSev » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:33 pm

MattDovey wrote:
(from my shelf: Queen of Sorcery, Castle of Wizardry, Domes of Fire, Pawn of Prophecy, Seeress of Kell, Sorceress of Darshiva... yes, those are all David Eddings)

At last! A David Eddings fan! He's one of my top three favorite authors of all time (the others being Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett). But yes, his titles are less than stellar.

Actually, Sorceress of Darshiva and Seeress of Kell are currently teetering on the top of my book pile. I should probably do something about that.
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