A Change of Title

20 Feb

I’ve just returned from the writing den. I went there with a good friend of mine. We spent our time walking, socialising and eating. In between, I worked on my current writing project. As we were driving back to the UK, my friend asked me what the title of my work-in-progress was. So I told him. He wasn’t convinced.

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I know that my current title is highly appropriate to the manuscript and its themes but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the right title or even that it’s a good one. Adrift on our infinite ocean of information,  in a world of short attention spans and snap judgements, the two most important features of a book are its opening sentence and its title. And so we have Nineteen Eighty-Four with ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen’ or The Trial and ‘Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K, because one fine morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested’. I like to think that the titles at least of three previous efforts were pretty good. But my current project… My friend was kicking at an open door. The only problem is that I don’t have a decent replacement lined up at present.

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So here are some possibilities I’ve been mulling over, though I’m not sure that any of them are any good:

  • Lokomotiv
  • The Twilight of the Autocrats
  • Transitory
  • In Transit
  • 2025
  • A Short Guide to the VHR
  • Tarrinstøy
  • ZTL 25

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Do my readers particularly like or dislike the sound of any of them? Please let me know what you think.

All text and images © PSR 2016

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5 Responses to “A Change of Title”

  1. Mari Biella February 20, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    I sometimes swear that thinking of a title is harder than actually writing the book! ‘Transitory’ and ‘In Transit’ sound good to me, as does ‘2025’ (that’s from the point of view, obviously, of someone who doesn’t have a very clear idea of what the novel’s about). ‘A Short Guide to the VHR’ sounds a bit like a how-to manual, so I’m not sure about that!

    • Paul Sutton Reeves February 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

      Hi Mari and thanks for that. It’s appreciated from someone who has a deft way with a title!

  2. Susan Bradley Smith February 20, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    2025

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Paul Sutton Reeves February 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    My writing group says stick with the title! Perhaps I will, then…

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