The prompt for this week asks how we pick our titles.
I'm going to write this from a choreographer's perspective, because I've titled more dances than stories.
Usually when I'm choreographing a dance I have no idea what I'm going to call it. I don't decide until the very last minute. I don't like to use song titles as dance titles. It feels like the easy way out. Occasionally a song title will be so good that I have to use it. (example: Furnace Room Lullaby. How could I not use that title?) But, mostly I try to come up with something new.
In one of the shows I produced each dance was named after a type of tea. This made titling a bit easier. Some of my favorite names still come from these dances. Earl Gray Arsenic Tea was set to a slightly off pitch German song. Dragon Eyes Black Tea was a trio with creepy hand gestures.
Crazy Heart is one of the classic dances. Yes, I titled it prior to the movie. The title is a translation of Spanish lyrics. I like it because it perfectly expresses the movement. Crazy, over-dramatic, romantic, and fun.
Usually when I have to title a dance, I sit in front of a word document typing a bunch of random phrases. Sometimes I'll translate a phrase into another language via babel fish, then translate it back to English to see what changes. I mess around with a lot of adjectives. Many of my titles consist of an adjective and a noun. I use a thesaurus. I consult with my dancers to see if any of them have interesting ideas.
Ooh, one of my other favorite titles from way back: Green Ping Five. Love it.
Titling isn't something I enjoy. Occasionally a brilliant idea will pop up, but most of the time my titles are merely sufficient.
What about you? What is the best title you've ever come up with? Do you like naming things?
By the way, if you're up for it, I'm doing a Smashwords expedition in the entry below and I'd love your involvement. I'll be updating it periodically.
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