a compendium of musings and rants from Alison Beightol, who is old enough to know better.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
the name game
yeah, if you click on the lil pic there you will be in my hell of having that song stuck in your head. and while we're at it... does anyone besides me think the Banana Spilts was kind of trippy? I FREAKIN LOVED that show as a kid but now as an adult, I think the producers might have been high. but that's just me. anyway, the purpose of today's post is names. I recently was asked to consider retitling one of my books. at first I was a bit miffed because it took a long time to come up with the title and now it just seems to fit. then after I took a bit of time I considered the possibility that there might be other titles that could work. A lot of books end up with different titles than they began life with. Incident at West Egg was the title of The Great Gatsby. Fiesta was the title of The Sun Also Rises.Bar B-Q was The Postman Always Rings Twice. The Terror and the Monster was Jaws. See? LOTS of better titles. fact is, I hate hate HATE coming up with titles. I'm not good at it. I can write the crap out of a story but the title is a blank. I had a hard time coming up with a name for my daughter. I just can't name things. I hate titling more than I hate queries and blurbs and that's saying something. I try things like title generator and flash cards where I mix around words or phrases but nothing works. I guess it's just my weak spot. I wonder if it's because I'm too close to it. could be. anyway, I came up with a new title and everyone is happy. but I'm curious about how others come up with titles. feel free to share. and make sure you listen to The Name Game and relive some trippy memories with The Banana Splits.