Name Game

One of the most gratifying things about reading is coming across a fabulous title – one that holds the promise of a tale well told. Many authors spend enormous amounts of time agonizing over the titles of their stories. The great French writer Colette, for example, could not begin a new work until she had the title for it. And many a sprightly story has been sunk for lack of an appealing moniker. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo started its life with the unpromising name, The Girl Who Hated Men – or something clunky along those lines. And Green Grow the Lilacs, a play with a modest run, found a new life as the superstar hit, Oklahoma, which eventually became Oklahoma! thanks to Oscar Hammerstein’s inspired decision to add an extra shot of adrenalin to the title. Pondering all these decisions led me to pen a list of some of my favorite titles. Here they are, in no particular order:

Look Homeward, Angel
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Ballad of the Sad Café
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
101 Dalmations
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
The Lovely Bones
Lost Horizons
A Raisin in the Sun
Paradise Lost
Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man
A Tale of Two Cities
The House of Mirth
Death Comes for the Archbishop
The Bridge of San Luis Ray
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Death Be Not Proud
Tender Is the Night
A Doll’s House
All’s Well That Ends Well
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Call of the Wild
Tender Mercies
Joy in the Morning
All This and Heaven Too
The Last of the Mohicans

Mmmm…That’s my list, for now. How about you? What titles really grab you? Write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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