How is it that I can title hundreds of blogs but not a single, measly novel? Or rather, we have an embarrassment of titles: first Brimstone Soup, then A Light That Never Goes Out, then To Be Determined (in the literal and not titular sense)...
So, how does one go about titling a layered, sprawling manuscript so that it will both intrigue and promise fulfillment? Tease and excite?
I tend to like expansive titles that address themes or evoke mystery, even better if they have some kind of musical or religious overtone, like:
Fall on Your Knees (perhaps the best title ever)
Broken for You (a close second)
A Great and Terrible Beauty
Me, the Missing, and the Dead
Fat Kid Rules the World
The Truth about Forever
A Map of the Known World
Things Hoped For (hey, will anyone notice if I steal that one?)
The God of Small Things
Gravity and Grace
Remembrance of Things Past (just kidding)
My writing compatriots and I have compiles suggestions in the hundreds, and yet nothing seems quite right. This may well be the heart of the process - saying, in a few words, what makes this novel, this story wholly its own.
I'm open to tips and suggestions - you never know when something will spark!
Here's the blurb:
Debut novelist, Holly Cupala’s tentatively titled, A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT, chronicles seventeen-year-old Miranda’s unexpected pregnancy and her gripping journey to navigate the labyrinth of her bad-girl sister Xanda’s life, unravel the mystery of her death, and free herself in the process.