Playing Around With Book Titles

I can’t be the only one who does this. Book titles are constantly popping into my head. I heard something and think… that would be an AWESOME book title. And then I try to think up a good book to go with it. It’s one of the triggers for book ideas in general for me.

What’s funny, though, is the books I’ve published so far were written before I had a title. So then I had to think something up. With the Svatura series I ended up going with flowers because I like that flowers have meanings and so I could match the flower to the book concept. With the Shadowcat Nation series I tried a bunch of different things, but finally decided to use “F” words. (No, not that one. Though it is my favorite swear word.) Action words starting with “F” – fall, fortune, fury, fate… I paired them with the heroines names.

But I still have these awesome book title ideas floating around in my head. Sigh. Here’s a couple that you might find fun.

Lines from a Poem
Someone (me maybe if I get to it) should write a series with titles that are lines from a certain Shakespeare sonnet. One of my favs is Sonnet 116.  Titles from this one would be…

  • When It Alteration Finds
  • An Ever-Fixed Mark
  • Look Upon Tempests
  • Time’s Fool
  • Edge of Doom
Maybe I’ll do a series of patriotic books and use lines from different patriotic songs for the titles. Oooh, that’s a good one. Hmmm… I might have to pause on Sarai’s story to write the first of these. Lol. Here’s a few ideas on the titles…
  • In the Dawn’s Early Light (Star Spangled Banner)
  • Loosed the Fateful Lightening (Battle Hymn of the Republic)
  • Let Rocks Their Silence Break (My Country Tis of Thee)
  • Let Eagles Shriek (Stars and Stripes Forever)
You get the idea now. I’m not funny enough to do “clever” titles that are a play on words. So I think I’ll stick to my titles with some kind of meaning. And I’ll continue to get ideas from the titles I play with. I just can’t help it. These all pop into my head at random moments. Does this every happen to you? How do you come up with book titles?

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