No, that title isn’t me attempting to imitate a pirate. It’s the sound I make as I struggle to pull relevant, meaningful, attention grabbing titles from the ether inside my head. Almost always, whatever title I started out with for a story or a book is NOT the title I end up with. Usually, during the editing / re-writing phase, I see a pattern or central theme that doesn’t mesh with the current title or, one of the characters delivers THE LINE that sums up the whole shebang which then becomes the title.
As I go through the edits and begin rewrites on Aphrodite’s Twin, I notice how many of the titles just don’t work. Okay, maybe they did at one point, but as I read through, I’m finding them blech. Let’s look at them, shall we?
The book title itself started off as The Table by the Sea. I was going to have the stories centered around a little bistro on the island of Mykonos where I once had lunch. LOVED that place. That’s it in the picture there. The draft was my 2013 NaNo badge winner.
Anyway, during the re-writes though, that idea quickly stopped making sense so then the main wrap around story stepped up and claimed the title. Aphrodite’s Twin. Hmmmm, not so sure it fits either.
Then there’s the second wrap around story…What’s Love got to Do With It? It started off as a short story that I couldn’t finish. I was using it as a way to process a break-up. When I’d finally figured out how I was feeling, I had this chunk of story and no ending, so I just let it sit. Now, here I am trying to squeeze it into this collection…it went without an ending right up until last week. Well, I just don’t see how that title works anymore now that the ending is set. Yargh.
I Love You, Now Die. This one. Ugh.
Let’s face it. This whole shebang needs a brain much more attuned to titling than mine. I’m a whiz at writtin’ ’em, not so much when it comes to the titlin’. *SIGH*