Thanks for these classes, Jan. They've been valuable, chocked full of wonderful writing gems. September seems far away, but if you could send me the file, I'll go over early threads. At least I'll know that I can't kill them! (I believe I may be a closet thread killer.)
I also love titles, adore them really. About half the time the topic brings a title or phrase to mind first, and then I build a story around it. Other times I hop on the wagon of agonization--which the red line is telling me is not a word. I think it should be.
The second story I entered at FW had one of my favorite titles.
A Purple Kind of Love
The story itself needs some work.
Only once have I REALLY wanted to use the topic for my title. It was the Countdown to Christmas week. I wrote a story chronicling the horrible events of 1968 that ended with the beautiful Christmas message from Apollo 8. "Countdown to Christmas" Would have been the best title. Instead I named it, "A Moment to Bind". I was not thrilled.
My favorite kinds of titles are those that provide the last puzzle piece to a story--without which one doesn't fully "get" it. The only time I've been able to do that is with, "A Place for Pamela"--though it's not my favorite story.
With this one I matched the MC's voice with the title perfectly and I was happy with the result:
You Think You Got Problems?
One title that was salsaee (again not a real word) was:
Mrs. Weaver Eliminates the "F" Word
One of my favorite published titles is, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
--it haunts me.
Again, Jan, thanks for everything. Enjoy retirement and babies and writing, and the summer.
See you in August at the conference:)
P.S. Hope I don't kill this thread.