Finding the Perfect Title

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope it was a good week for all of you. I know it’s been a long stressful one for me with the crazy winter weather we’ve been getting here in Chi-town. Lots of snow, and rain. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Spring. Even though the week felt long at least it was productive. I managed to complete the Prologue of my work in progress and wrestled with trying to create a title for this book. I hate this part of starting a new novel. Every single time I struggle with finding the perfect title. It’s an ordeal that I wish I could skip but I can’t since books just have to have a title.

The first title I came up with was called Redemption but that didn’t work because as I was writing the outline, the plot started going in another direction. So, I changed it to Thy Will Be Done. Then I thought well that sounds a little too biblical and I didn’t want people thinking this book was about the bible or related to it in any way. Although some things were taken from the bible like the brief mention of God and Satan and references to the end of the world.

The next thing I tried was using an online book title generator for science fiction titles. Yes, the genre is sci-fi. But the names that the generator came up with all sucked. Some of them were pretty weird too and I tried at least three generators before I gave up. Name generators are really good for coming up with character names or names of planets, weapons, creatures and cities but titles are tricky because it has to match what your story is about. If it doesn’t it’s going to sound stupid and when people search for a book about your subject matter, they will have a hard time trying to find it under a title that has nothing to do with the plot.

I made a long list of titles on a piece of paper. I wrote whatever came to mind but most of them didn’t even sound like Science fiction titles. But then I asked myself, does it really have to be a science fiction title? I mean how many original titles can you really come up with that don’t have words like Zion, or Babylon, or Extinction in it? Those words are already overused enough, and I wanted my title to be original.

So, I put the pen down and just sat and thought about this story for a moment. A million words zipped pass my brain and then I found it after deleting three more hits and misses. I don’t know if it’s been used before and frankly, I don’t really care at this point. Everything has been done before. It’s impossible to come up with something that no one else has ever thought of. But I finally named my book.

Drum roll, please…

The title of my next novel will be “Brave Little Soldiers.”

Yes, you heard it right here folks and I hope you all like it. I think it has a nice ring to it.

 So, there you have it. I will most likely not change this title as the book progresses. I think it really fits what I’m trying to say in this story. I don’t want to talk about the plot as of yet. Whenever I do, it brings me bad luck and then I don’t want to continue. I’m superstitious that way and I want to actually finish this project. As I usually do, I will continue to keep you posted on the progression of my next novel and so far, I am having fun with this one. Being a die-hard Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy fan, I have always wanted to write a Science fiction novel but was afraid to try. But I am afraid no more.

Have a great week.

Until next time…

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