Yesterday I’d promised to continue my post about how to choose a title today, with a practical example. So consider my book title ‘Getting Some’. There are all sorts of connotations and associations that go with that phrase – sexual, professional and otherwise. When I wrote the book about three black female friends pursuing their dreams in London, and going through some upheaval in their sex lives, I’d initially called it ‘The Sexual Exploits of Coco Devine’. That title was fine as a working title, but it had its limitations. For one thing, the book ceased being just about Coco after the first rewrite. For another, it wasn’t just about Coco’s sex life and, thirdly, I felt it lacked the ‘oomph’ and easy recall I talked about in the first part of this post.
So I brainstormed.
‘Getting Some’ was short, titillating and memorable, and represented both the characters’ struggles to achieve their professional goals, as well as their pursuit of sexual satisfaction.
And that’s how I chose my title.