nice little piece about giving your novel/short story/film/whatever a title and a few things to avoid.
In short, there seems to be very little correlation between producing something brilliant and the ability to come up with a half-decent name for it. Perhaps it’s a different skill set entirely. I sometimes think there should be professional titlers: Just as we wouldn’t ask a carpenter to tar the roof of our house, we shouldn’t expect writers to work outside their métier. But even if the perfect title is destined to elude us, I do think it’s possible to identify a bad one—even, I think, to lay out some basic ground rules for what to steer clear of.
items from the list provided include “The Faux Poetric but Authenically Meaningless” and “The Alliterative Tongue Twister”. Each comes with examples and definately worth a click even if your not struggling to come up with a title.
as an aside, I’m still quite taken with the title my novel-in-progress has at the moment. It was the first, which broke at least one of these guidelines, and frankly trickles off the tongue.
(seriously, i will be posting extracts some time soon, i just need more time!)
via mental floss