About two minutes ago, I got to the end of the last (!!!) rewrite of my novel. Then I went back to the beginning and looked at the title page.
I hate the title.
I decided to change it back to the original title I used when I started writing it five years ago. I like that one, but it’s so long! ELEVEN words long. Then I started changing it to names that I just thought up that weren’t on the twenty-some odd list that I gave to a reader over a year ago.
Nothing is working.This is so aggravating! Who has these problems? What writer can’t come up with a decent title for their book? Well, actually I know that Ford Madox Ford’s 1915 novel The Good Soldier was never meant to be called that. He couldn’t come up with a good title, and suggessted it as a joke to his publisher, and was horrified when the book came out with that name. How do I know this? That’s an NYU literary education for you. I just saved you about $100 Gs. You’re welcome.
But Ford obviously had trouble with his own stupid name. Ford Ford? Really? His parents clearly hated him. I have no such lack of love. And normally the title is one of the first things I come up with! I have titles up the wazoo with no book to go with them. This is totally ridiculous!
So, any suggestions? Without giving anything away, I’ll give you the essentials:
It’s about a girl. She lives on an island. She grows oranges. The oranges feature prominently and become part of the plot. There are spirit creatures that need to be battled. There’s a witch with white hair. And a super-villian who wears green.