Once upon a time (because that’s how all good stories start), the title of my work in progress was: LATEST BOOK. I considered submitting it that way. It was ironic. Poignant. It begged a deeper question of philosophical importance. Maybe.
Or maybe the truth was: While I am rarely a victim of traditional writer’s block, I am a frequent victim of title paralysis (or TP, for short). As a result, I once consorted with the most dubious of online resources for book title ideas. I regret if this post only adds to the pile.
Upon my first experience of being TP’d, I Googled “title generator.” Doing so, I got a handful of websites that offered helpful algorithms for generating book titles. It is really quite simple. They ask a stymied writer to insert two adjectives, two verbs ending in -ing, and two plural nouns. They don’t specifically tell you to use words that have anything to do with your novel, but I dug deep and got clever like that.
My WIP was a Young Adult romance with thriller elements, set in a cold Minnesota winter. I typed in: cold, dangerous, shifting, helping, friends, enemies. After that, I hit “title me,” and the site shot out ten possibilities. Ten! That was eleven more than I had!
I immediately took the title generator’s advice. At that point my manuscript was titled: DANGEROUS FRIENDS BY COLD ENEMIES. Catchy, right?
Next up: the Wordle technique. Wordle.net is a website where you can paste large blocks of text from your novel, or even your entire manuscript, into its search window. You hit “Go!” and the website analyzes your most-often appearing words and gives you something that looks like this: [Read more…]