Abandoned. That’s how I felt. My title for the novel I am writing about events in my father’s life abandoned me after two years of traveling and living together.
Someone else had grabbed the book title, Life Expectancy, that I thought belonged to me. None other than the best-selling author Dean Koontz.
No choice. I had to start over, searching for a title.
For every possible title for the novel about my father, I did an online search. Those that were recent book titles and/or by well-known authors, I listed as TAKEN, even though it’s not possible to copyright a book title.
Here’s a partial list of possibilities I considered.
(I researched each and every one):
• Large as Life
• Double take: TAKEN
• Double Down
• Round the Bend: TAKEN
• From Here on In
• Hard Travelin’: TAKEN
• Hustlin’ Man
• Somewhere Man: Taken
• A Man of the Time
• Hustling Life
• Living Large
• Down to the Wire: TAKEN
• Body and Soul: TAKEN
• Piece of the Action: TAKEN
• Beyond and Back
• Dead Heading
• Ride This Train
What did I choose?
A Man of the Time
Large as Life
. . . Still not satisfied… without the “right” title, I couldn’t grasp that this writing project continued to exist and belonged to me.
What next? How was I going to find a title? How was I going to reconnect with this research/writing project about events in my father’s life?
How did you find a title for your novel, short story, poem, creative non fiction?
How important are titles to the writing process?
Your thoughts are most welcome.