I'm working on my first young adult novel and the aspect that is tripping me up the most is the title. I have a pretty clear story map gathering in my mind, even a couple of chapter titles. But when I think of the book's title, I get completely overwhelmed plus uninspired.
Would love to hear how the title came to other writers? Did you think of it first? Did you know it all along? Or did it come later? Any tips for arriving at the right title?
Thanks in advance for your input and guidance!
Same here, Mia. Sometimes, the title comes to me first, and I write around it. And other times, the story goes along a little ways before the title finally shows up in my mind.
I always thought that names hold a certain vibration, even with writing. A good title sells your work, even when you aren't the best writer. But that's more marketing than writing, now isn't it? I have used both approaches. I have created first then done the title. I've started with a title and worked the story around it. I'm a bit of a loon, so I like to use tarot to help me write and numerology to settle on a title. Works for me.