Titles come to me any number of ways. Sometimes a catchy title pops into my head and I just have to write a story to go with it. This happened with my yet-to-be-published middle-grade novel, The Rabbit Ate My Homework
, and a recently written short story, Free to Good Home
If a title doesn't come to me before the story is completed, I'll go back after the fact and comb through it to find a descriptive phrase or line that fits the story. Listen to the Rain
and my upcoming chick-lit novelette, How to Cook Up a Disaster
, were titled this way.
Sometimes I choose a symbol, image, or object that represents the story. That's how The Perfect Ring
and Fallen Leaves
got their titles.
There's as many ways to title a story as there are stories to be titled. Here's a really great article on titling: Choosing the Right Name For Your Story
Right now, I'm in the process of bundling several of my short stories (Fallen Leaves
, Listen to the Rain
, Caring For Lily
, For Good or For Bad
, and a bonus story, Is This Seat Taken?
) into a themed collection. The theme that seems to run through these stories is choices, and how the choices we make affect our lives in good and bad ways.
However, I am having the worst time picking a title for this series (even after reading that excellent article and several more like it!).