Hi, my name is Laura, and I’m a writer who can’t write titles. I mean, really. I suck at writing titles. Every piece I work on is ‘Untitled’ until…well, for most of them, forever. They are stuck in untitled purgatory, waiting to be cleansed of my sins. Whenever I DO come up with a title, it’s — to put it mildly — weak sauce. WEAK SAUCE I TELL YOU.
Since I clearly have no effin’ clue as to how to write a good title, I’ve decided to dissect some of my favorites. Theory being that poring over them will help me understand how to come up with ones of my own. That, or osmosis will just take over and I’ll suddenly be able to write brilliant titles. Tada!
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Why it works for me: I immediately want to know why we’re supposed to focus on the wife, not the time traveler. Dude CLEARLY has a cool job.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
This one is a little harder to pinpoint, but I think it’s a) the words sound great together when read out loud, and b) it’s kind of grandiose. Also, the promise of adventure.
The Grapes of Wrath
You never knew fruit could be wrathful until this moment.
What are some of your favorite titles? Why do you love them? Show me, tell me. I am greedy for titles.