It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means <drum roll> IWSG Day!
This month’s optional question is: which is harder to come up with, a book title or the name of a character? To me, the obvious answer is
Title of course.
Don’t get me wrong. Character names can be tricky. I once changed a character name to be more authentic, despite feeling as if “she” wanted to be called another name. I firmly believe in accepting what my characters say to me, except when I don’t.
Titles on the other hand…. Yikes. One thing I learned from non-fiction copywriting: sometimes you need to start at the end. Sometimes, it’s best to put off the title or intro paragraph until you know what the story is “really all about.” I don’t always know what I’m going to say until I’m done saying it.
Titles are tricky. Characters can change, and characters don’t always have to match their names. But titles are forever.
What do you think, fellow writers? Which is harder to write? Do names just come naturally to you? I wish they just came naturally for me!