lizvogel: Run and find out, with cute kitten. (Run and Find Out)
So it turns out that polls on Dreamwidth are only open to logged-in Dreamwidth users, which makes the poll I posted a few days ago, um, rather less useful than I'd hoped. Whoever you anons are, I'd meant to let you play, too. So let's try this again the old-fashioned way -- and look, now with an extra option!

Given a short-short story to be titled, and knowing nothing else about it, would you be more likely to go for:

     "Our Dead Are Never Dead, Until Forgotten"
     "Rage, Rage Against the Dying In the Night"
     "Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Exit Here"
     Something else in the same vein, which I will put in the comments

Pick whichever one you like best, for whatever value of "best" you care to employ. Bonus points for why and/or what sort of story you'd expect from that title.
lizvogel: Run and find out, with cute kitten. (Run and Find Out)
I have a short-short that's in need of a title. Or rather, I'd settled on a title... and "settled" is the operative word... and then I came up with something better. Except that by this point the first one had stuck, and define "better", and now I don't know what the hell to do.

I've even picked out a couple potential markets for it. But it can't go out until it has a name.

One title is more relevant to the actual story. One title is more catchy and memorable. Sadly, they are not the same title. So this is where you come in.

(In theory, I have the ability to create polls, on DW at least. I haven't tried it before, but it looks pretty easy. I've no idea what this will look like on the LJ side, but here goes.)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 0

The best* title is:

Our Dead Are Never Dead, Until Forgotten
0 (0.0%)

Rage, Rage Against the Dying In the Night
0 (0.0%)

Something else in the same vein, which I will put in the comments
0 (0.0%)


*for whatever value of "best" you care to employ.

lizvogel: Run and find out, with cute kitten. (Run and Find Out)
Have been working on titles for the novel-in-progress, and managed to winnow the list down to five current contenders. None of these has a heavenly choir backing it in my head, but by the standard of "Would I be okay with seeing it on a bookstore shelf under that name?", they're all good. Now it just remains to pick one.

Want to play along at home? Look these over and consider, if you saw them in the mystery/thriller/suspense section of the bookstore, whether they would entice you to pick up the book and read the back cover, or maybe flip through a page or two. Rank them 1-5 accordingly.

     Money and Prizes
     Truth From Lies
     Shadow Truths
     Private Truths
     Play To Win


For extra credit, pick your favorite and tell me about the story it represents.


(No, I don't guarantee that I will use any of these, let alone the winner; this ain't a democracy. But I don't guarantee I won't, either. And if you think you have a better suggestion, by all means, share!)

Titling Tips

Monday, January 13th, 2014 09:52 am
lizvogel: What is this work of which you speak? (Cat on briefcase.) (Work)
I find myself with not one, but three stories in need of titles. My favorite way of doing titles, as the Writing Excuses folks say, is when they just come to me on their own. But then there's the rest of the time....

If a story deals with a particular field that has its own lingo, I'll sometimes browse jargon files, looking for something that rings true or has a potential double meaning. "Windy Van Hooten's Was Never Like This" came that way, and the more time passes the more I like it.

In theory, song lyrics should be a good source, but in practice I find that they depend too much on knowing the rest of the song. Or on having the same idiosyncratic interpretation of the song as I do, which, well, idiosyncratic.

Quote databases seem like they ought to be useful; I'm not sure how true this is in practice, but they're at least entertaining. I'm playing with http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 right now, which has the merit of offering groupings by theme.

Random title generators don't usually hit the mark, but sometimes they can inspire something else that proves useful. Here's a couple I've had fun with:
http://www.kitt.net/php/title.php
http://www.mcoorlim.com/random.html


How about you? Any tricks for coming up with titles? Any resources to share?

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