I need your help.
I need a working title for my WIP (“work in progress” AKA my new novel.)
Many writers wait until the end of the process to pick a title, but I’m very unsettled by not having a name for my baby, even if it could be changed at a later date. My original working title, THE CONFESSIONS OF MRS. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, can’t be used because apparently there was a book released by my publisher with a similar “Confessions of…” title.
I can’t reveal much about my novel, but I can tell you that Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald are characters. I am going to list the titles I currently have in the running and, if you are so inclined, please a) react with your gut when you read the titles, and then b) read my thoughts and tell me if you still feel that way. The most important reaction, however, is your gut because it’s what would lead you as a buyer to be intrigued by a book. And while literary merit is of paramount importance to me, my publisher would not be pleased if I ignored cold hard reality (AKA sales appeal.)
Without further ado:
1. ZELDA’S DIARIES
2. ZELDA, RENDERED
3. THE RENDERING OF MRS. F. SCOTT. FITZGERALD
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My thoughts on each:
1. ZELDA’S DIARIES seems to have commercial appeal and has a similar sound to the title of my forthcoming novel, HEMINGWAY’S GIRL.
2. The word render loosely means to create something artistically and also, to burn. Both definitions apply literally and figuratively in the novel.
3. Again, render is important. Also, Zelda resented being thought of only as “Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald” instead of as an individual, so this title has layered meanings.
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Okay, so now what do you think?
I would be very grateful if you would give me your thoughts, or if you have other suggestions, feel free to list those.
Thank you, in advance.
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