The leader of my writing group sent out her monthly newsletter with this fun little writing exercise/survey in it. Since I am AWFUL at coming up with book titles, I kind of enjoyed this. (The questions all come from a book by Will Dunne, The Dramatic Writer's Companion, which I've been told is very good.)
......I did not, however, come up with a better title for the book in question. "apocalypse thingy" it remains.
What do you other writers think? Do you have title troubles as well? Do this with me!!
What would your title be if it . . .
1. Summed up your whole story in a single word? (examples: Proof, Cats, Hairspray) Apocalypse
2. Used so many words we could barely remember them all? (example: Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad) ...I couldn't think of an answer for this one
3. Asked a question? (example: What Price is Glory?) What Do We Do Now?
4. Issued an order, warning, or advice? (example: Play It Again, Sam; Don't Drink The Water) Use Your Common Sense
5. Named your main character? (example: Hamlet, Tiny Alice) Brick
6. Described your main character? (example: The Lord of the Rings, The Miracle Worker) School's Biggest Nerd Becomes Fearless(Not Really) Leader in the Midst of the End of the World
7. Issued a statement from the main character? (example: I Married a Werewolf) This sucks.
8. Named your two most important characters? (example: Romeo & Juliet) ...couldn't answer this either because there really aren't two "most important" characters...
9. Described a set of characters? (example: The Odd Couple, Angels in America) The Only People Left on Earth are Children, a Convicted Killer, and a Battered Housewife/Redneck. (<--this one has potential I think)
10. Highlighted the setting? (example: Our Town, Little Shop of Horrors) Anywhere Safe in Upstate New York
11. Highlighted the date or era? (Twelfth Night, Year of Living Dangerously) Armageddon 2012
12. Focused on something physical? (Schindler's List, The Diary of Anne Frank) We Might Need More Guns
13. Highlighted a certain feeling or mood? (Wicked) Doomed
14. Combined two elements usually not matched? (example: Arsenic and Old Lace, Cries and Whispers) ...couldn't come up with an answer for that
15. Suggested a lesson? (How the West Was Won) How to Survive Puberty with No Parents, No Electricity, No Running Water, and Oh Yeah Nuclear Fallout is Pretty Much Everywhere So Get Your Arses into the Forest Like Now. (<-- this is also a potential winner)
16. Were a metaphor? (The Silence of the Lambs, A Doll's House, The Lion in Winter) yeah I'm no good with coming up with those kinds of artsy metaphors
17. Summed up the main event? (Waiting for Godot, Death of a Salesman) Finding a Safe Place When There Really Aren't Any
18. Identified the subject of the story? (A Beautiful Mind) The End of The World Sort Of
19. Identified the genre or category of your story? (Pulp Fiction) Middle Grade Apocalyptic Fiction (btw this genre did not exist until I just invented it)
20. Made a literary allusion? (Of Mice and Men, Brave New World, Gaudy Night) ummm... there's a bunch of Old Testament allusions in the book but I feel like any title I come up with relating to that will just sound trite.....
...in other news, I am still a starving writer. But I get paid today, so hopefully I will be somewhat less starving.