The name of anything – be it a book, a movie or a song – can and often will have an important influence on its eventual success or lack thereof. Given this, I struggled for a long time to find the name that best suited my debut novella before its publication and the working title was not even close to what it eventually ended up being called. In fact, I was only able to definitively choose the name, The Vessel, after I had finished writing the final chapter and the phrase stood out to me as being exactly what I had been looking for all along. After that, I couldn’t even consider anything else; I just knew it was right.
This time however, as I start out on the very early stages of the first draft of my next book, I am already almost certain of what the finished work will be entitled and I found it rather odd that with each experience, the title came to me in completely different ways, despite its equally huge importance for both.
So I wondered, to anyone who has or is currently working on novels, novellas, short stories, poems or anything else of the ilk; How and at what stage of the process were you able to finally say to yourself, “Yes. This is what my work will be called.”?