I heard an interesting story on NPR today. Well duh, of course I did. Let me rephrase, I heard a relevant story to this blog and our profession on NPR today. It was about titles, specifically movie titles and even why some adapted from books, didn’t maintain the source name. Most know that E.T was once called A BOY’S LIFE, but who knew SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER was once called, Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night. Oy.
I’ve had this discussion with many a writer and wrote about how important titles are in the 6 keys series. For me it’s simple, I can’t write a story until I know the title, and many of my stories stem from a title alone, it’s your story’s brand. Now, that’s not to say it can’t be changed for something more effective later, but for me it comes down to my marketing genes, and for you it should too because you do want to sell your story someday right?