IWSG Question: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
I have fun with choosing names for both.
Here’s what I do for book titles.
I go in thinking it is a working title and try not stress about it. Let’s face it if my publisher or agent suggested something better I’ll take it. I’m a writer not a marketer. I’m sure that’s obvious.
I use word association just like a therapist. I choose words that capture the essence of the overall project. Sometimes I’m thinking mystery which often leads to murder, suspects, sleuths, motive, unfinished business, and in one occasion ghosts.
And White Light was born. I chose it because many claim to see a white light when they are brought back from death. And the idea of a white room where a spirit was trapped seemed to grow out of that tiny idea.
With one of my dragon stories I played on the words cat’s eye, moon, and a mother leaving her child too soon.
Dragon Eye was based on a different kind of guardian angel.
And with my latest WIP Symbiotic Slip, I wanted my title to hint at two planets relying on each other’s resources and being knocked out of sync. ‘Nough said there I think. 😉
My process for picking character’s names is very simple. I use the name generator I found in Scrivener. But there are tons of generators out there…. Google it and you’ll see what I mean.
What did you do to title your latest WIP? Any hints for us?