What to be thought first, a story or a title?

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Re: What to be thought first, a story or a title?

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Personally I think it's hard to title something undeveloped. I create the characters, the plot and then, if I am lucky, comes the title.

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I think of a concept first then develop it into a narrative. I reserve the title for the last part because it can be tricky. Titles can make or break your book.

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I've done both before. Sometimes a title just pops into my head and I build a story around it. Sometimes they end up not matching so I have quite a few titles I've saved for when I'm inspired with the right story for it. Usually I end up with a story first and find the title somewhere in the writing of it.
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I like writing the title first. When I come up with a title that sounds amazing first, it often inspires certain details in my story although I usually end up changing it as I come up with other ideas. Having a title beforehand adds focus to your writing, but if you are really invested in your story line, it cannot restrict your creativity. You may realize your title needs to be changed and that is okay.

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Sometimes a title can inspire a new story but most of the time I feel the story should be written first, then somewhere along the way, the story itself gives a title on its own.

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It's like asking which should come first, the lyrics or the tune. In my case, they both happen at the same time. As the song develops, both the lyrics and the tune may change. Same with writing a book. Your title may be your starting point, but your title may change as the story unfolds. In reverse, you may have a story idea that changes to fit the title, which may be a way to keep you focused or on track.

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Post by Jaewe2 »

That's a controversial subject, if you create a story around a title at the beginning it might be hard to keep the story to the title. However, it depends on the writer and it might be easier to not deviate from the meaning of the title.

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