Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's a Little Silly ...

...but I discovered how easy it is to get derailed from writing a particular story.

You see, my current WIP has a working title of "Mr. Fix-It". I loved the title, and it so fits the story and I was zipping right along until ...

WHAM!

I smacked right into a wall -- I discovered that my targeted publisher already has an erotic short titled "Mr. Fix-It".

The discovery broke my heart and really dampened my excitement about the story.

Silly, isn't it? After all, the story is still the same. The hero and heroine are the same people doing the same things. A title does not a story make.

But ...

I'm still struggling to get back on track. I need a new title, I think. One that excites me as much as the original one. Yet, I don't want to get hung up on a title, since publishers often ask for changes ("Shut Up and Kiss Me" had a working title of "Love Your Enemy"), but even so, maybe it would help me get back on the writing wagon.

Do you get hung up on titles for your WIPs?

4 comments:

Kristabel Reed said...

As a woman who hates titles, I sympathize. Not that I have a suggestion for you, but I can relate. Once enthusiasm for a story wanes, it's difficult to jump back in and get on track.

Good luck!

Megan Slayer said...

Let the characters run with the problem. What title would they give their story? Honestly. My M/M story was named about three things before I let the boys tell me what it was to be called. Then again, I'm not exactly published, so I may be completely off my rocker.

Let them run with it. You might be surprised.

Mysti Holiday said...

Kristobel, I'm trying to fall in love again -- hopefully I'll come up with something that helps. Thanks for visiting!

Megan, your boys are WAY pushier than my characters, lol, but maybe I can see what happens. *G*

Janice said...

All my wips have kind of sucky titles, but the only one that got published had a great title, Windswept Shores. Now if I can just come up with another great title . . .