Those of you who are familiar with how we are know that we probably shouldn’t be writing a post on titles. I mean, we did have a contest before where asked people to title our NaNoWriMo projects…but it’s Wednesday, YA Highway Road Trip time, so we’ve gotta play along!
So, how do we come up with titles?
We put a bunch of different phrases in a hat, shake it up, and whatever we pull out that’s what we title our work.
Well, it’s not true.
Titles are pretty much secondary to us in the writing process. We just want to get the words out first and then we’ll go through that terrible task of creating a title. *shudders*
We both look for a central theme (or recurring theme/place/topic) that shows up in our work and then we try it out on each other. Some of our titles didn’t sound right at first until we went through the work and it all sunk in.
Also, we may look at a piece of dialogue that one of our characters says and sees if it’s universal enough to apply to the whole story. We heard one of our faves Courtney Summers used this tactic to title Some Girls Are and everyone knows that she RAWKS!
So, what about you- how do you come up with your titles?