What’s in a name?
Before you start on a new work, do you have to have a title first, before writing? I do. Yes, I have the characters, the plot, and so on, all in place, but for some unfathomable reason I can’t start until I’ve given it a title.
After all, each and every story has its own, unique identity, without it, it remains an enigma. I find giving my work a name particularly difficult. With the first book in The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days, I originally called it simply “Midnight Days.” And as you can see, it also had a different cover.
I didn’t take the precaution of doing an online search first and when I did, to my chagrin, found Neil Gaiman already had a work with the same name. I didn’t want to lose the Midnight Days bit, so came up with its present title by adding “The Land of.”
The middle book, Through the Gloaming, didn’t present a problem, even though the word “Gloaming” has been used before, I felt it was still different enough to remain intact.
However, with the final book, Dawn Horizon, orginally called Dawn Rising, I had nearly the same problem as Midnight, except this time a friend of mine tactfully informed me that that was the title of her book. Since she got in there first, I gracefully withdrew and renamed my book.
So, what’s in a name? A great deal, methinks. 😀