I am at that point. That point where I need to find a title for my novel which still, after tens of thousands of words and months of drafting, remains nameless.
I am terrible at choosing titles. I think there is one, perhaps two examples of a good title just coming to me with little effort. All of the rest of my short stories have been repeatedly renamed in an endless series of bad titles, while this novel remains completely, stubbornly, nameless.
There are just so many things to consider:
Are there other books with the same or similar titles?
Does the title adequately reflect and/or cleverly hint at the primary theme/plot point/subject of the book?
Why on earth didn’t I pick a main character name that could double as the book’s title? * Bangs head on desk *
How do I pick something that is original yet not obscure or completely cringeworthy? (You should see some of the options I’ve come up with)
Should I resort to other languages to find a title? (Latin is trendy right now, isn’t it?)
A book’s title is an important marketing tool – but how do I know what’s going to attract/turn off readers?
Why is this so difficult?
Excuse me while I go and have a panic attack.