My least favorite thing to do is coming up with titles. I used to be good at it. A play on words, something from a famous quote, it all fell into place rather easily. Now a quick Google search inevitably seems to turn up a similar project already using the name.
It bothers me so much because people on the internet, are, well, people on the internet. A while ago I did my due diligence before revealing a title, certain that no one had used it before. I took my time and dug deep to be sure it was free and clear. Of course someone comes at me. The title had been used for a project that was never published, originating in a private Yahoo! Group, with all of 21 members, that had been inactive for several years.
A link was provided by the person pointing this out. Then they asked if I was embarrassed. Embarrassed! Why would I be embarrassed? How in the bloody blue hell would I have known about this thing? It’s not likely that anyone else had ever heard of this thing. The project was unpublished and abandoned. No one had filed a trademark, which is the most important thing. There was no conflict in the arena where it mattered. This person thought that I should been embarrassed, and what that made me feel was annoyed.
Tl;dr Titles are a pain in the ass for a lot of reasons.
Coming Up with Titles
Okay reader, it’s your turn. How do you come up with titles without going utterly mad in the process? You don’t have to be a participant in The Merry Writer game to play along here!
The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.