I'm trying to think of a good title for a series but I can't find a good one, I need help finding one.
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Evanescence of Pain would work for an art film, not a general audience.
i had to look up "evanescence" :)
In my sagacious opinion, transience of pain....
I'd say use it as a working title- something will come to you-
At some point in a writers life - they discover that they have swallowed a dictionary. Usually a good slap between the shoulder blades will bring it up - and they can get on with being a writer.
My wife gets embarrassed when I tell people that I copied the entire Spanish -English dictionary (unabridged), and copied each word fifty times. I also copied the notes, roots, and appendices, both sides. I didn't become fluent in Spanish, although I can understand pretty well, and converse a little, But I did learn English much better. Unintended consequence before I decided to try my hand at screen writing.
I look at the following questions: Who is the character? What is the inciting incident? What is the theme? What is the location? These trigger the title (my script) The Valley Last Run Hostage Drug King
Its kind of difficult drafting a title before a story. If you finally come up with one, writing the story becomes handicapped. First, look for a story. If you have one already, meditate on it. Then sourcing for a title becomes easy. It is also good to note that titles play a small role in resonating a story with an audience.
Keep it "simples". Sorry Christian - I would argue that a good title is as good as a beckoning finger. It catches your eye and tempts you to pick up the book. Book or film - it makes no difference. The first thing that will attract you is the title, the poster and the trailer. Evanescence - simply will not cut the mustard. Nobody likes a clever clogs - especially a cinema-goer who is pondering on the meaning of your film title.
Almost all of my stories have had their titles changed after I've finished them. Generally speaking the title comes to my whilst I'm formulating the idea etc., but almost always the title has been changed to reflect the character/story better and to make it more eye-catching. For example: Can It Get Any Worse - Changed to Access Denied (story of my finding out my daughter wasn't mine after seven years and then having to battle the CSA and Family Courts). The Tree - Changed to The Roots of Evil (Graphic horror story). The Nasty Girl - Changed to Nathanial and The Nasty Girl and then changed again to: The Wretched. (Another horror). This was primarily changed after feedback.
I would say write 1st then see if you can pick outa title from what you have written
A good title to a story can make the difference between it being a success or failure. The main title of my memoir is Follow in the Tigerman's Footsteps. However, had I used the sub-title The Adventurous Life of an Expat, I feel sure it would have gained more interest and therefore sold more copies.
Sometimes a 'cool' title can be the inspiration to make a up a story. Other times the story may come first, and the title might just wind up being a working title, until the right one comes along- there's no right or wrong until it's finished- then the title is the first thing that should grab you.
A title before the story line is difficult to see through. How about "Convoluted Pain". (finally a film behind Oprah's favorite word). Now I am anxious to see what title you come up with. (Rick Jey)
Hey, Andrew. You are right. Titles can do magic. But sometimes titles that are too figurative or artsy can come out boring to your audience. I think the beauty of titles is not how much effort you put into crafting it. Its about an inspiration based on the elements of your story. Whenever I sort out books to read, instinctively I go for titles that speak to me. And after I finish reading, it just feels so right.
Simplicity is key. Don't try to be too clever. You possible audience won't get it.