Writers, what is it with book titles?

You would have thought that a simple thing like picking a title for your new book would be easy. Not a bit of it.

In my case, it is usually a simple thing to start. I have a book idea, it mulls around in my head, my notebook and so on until it is time to start writing. Then it is all systems go and at that point, the thought that gave rise to the book will also have given the title. Simple.

Then the problem starts. The book goes off on its own journey and either then, or at a later date it is obvious that the title and the book are not part of the same project. Something has to give and it is the book title. Often a new title will appear, either as a sudden flash of inspiration, or more likely further into the writing.

However, that is not the end of the matter. I have found that for one of my works, since the first draft and during the long editing and proof reading process, the title has changed at least 6 times.

Why does this happen?

Am I missing something important?

I would be interested to hear of your experiences.

A quick p.s. I am really happy with the title now. Honest!

About purpleandrew

Andrew was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at 51. A former geologist always had short hair, suited & booted for work. That all changed when the credit crunch hit. Now a speaker and writer, Andrew is focused on writing for teenagers and his new fantasy series starts with Jack Janson and the Storm Caller which is out now and is getting 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon.
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