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Working Title

23 Jun

I’ve been through several titles for my upcoming book now, and nothing seems to quite have the right feel.  Now, an unpublished book doesn’t need to have those details figured out, so why does it matter?  Is it really important for me to have a title I like right now?  I’m not selling yet, so it’s kind of an unnecessary obsession for me.
This is a problem that I’m sure other writers have; we want everything to be perfect before we’re even ready to submit.  First drafts are no big deal add far as details go, add it doesn’t matter until the draft is actually done.  So why seat the small stuff?
It’s an easy trap to get caught up in,  wondering whether we should self-publish or traditionally publish, and looking into all the details for both options.  This obsession had stolen valuable writing time from me, as I’ve looked into all of these fine details without first having a book to actually sell.
I’m beating myself up a bit over this, as I see myself lagging way behind in my goals. I almost wonder if this is the kind of thing that holds up certain popular series for several years.  (I’m thinking of one in particular as I write this, but I’m not saying who, as he might kill off my favorite character in retaliation.)
This is the idea of the working title: Don’t worry about what you’re going to call it until you’re ready to stay marketing the particular book.  At this time, as I write,  I only need a title from which I can work.  For that matter, I could simply call it “Work in Progress”.
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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Advice, Rants, Update

 

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One response to “Working Title

  1. S.M. White

    June 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I haven’t run into this problem much, in terms of obsessing over a book title. My novels have generally provided their titles during the writing process. I have, though, spent many a sleepless night trying to come up with chapter titles. Those are pesky little critters to get right.

    There was a short story of mine that I fretted over naming for some time, “The Eyes of Illiat.” I was pounding my head in an attempt to get a good title. Eventually I stopped and asked myself, ‘What is the story about?’ and I answered, ‘The Eyes of Illiat.’ Bam! There is was, my title. It became the first short story I sold. Hopefully based on the writing, not the awesome title…

     

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