The time has come. I need to do something about this. This conundrum is starting to become a thorn in my side, especially when K starts talking to me about it. And she has every right to. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that it’s driving me insane, though I doubt that it is the only one. But what’s the issue?
Not the story itself, though it’s more of suspense novel than a thriller, but rather the title. Kristen’s Thriller is a great working title. Working titles mean very little in the long run and the only reason I named this one at all was because K asked me to write the story for her. Most of the time, I don’t actually name any of my work until it’s completed. In my screwed up little mind, a title should reflect the content of the story, but how can I know the content before the story’s finished?
I think naming the novel Kristen’s Thriller has screwed me over in a way. The time needed for a title to brew has come and gone. But everything’s been shunted aside thanks to the Work-in-Progress title. That’s what I think of the novel as, but dammit, I cannot go on calling it Kristen’s Thriller.
Granted, it is glorious that I named something after my wife, but shall I start listing the problems with that title? No? Then let me tell you just one.
There is not a single Kristen in the entire book.
No character. No item. No plot device. Not one single mention of a word that starts with a “kr” and ends with an “en”. There isn’t even a variation on the spelling of Kristen. No Kristin, Kathy, Kristy, or Kat. Nothing about a Kristyn, Katrina, Kris, or Kristina. Not one word. So, if in my tiny head, the title should reflect the book, how in the world can I call it Kristen’s Thriller without a Kristen?
There’s the new title: Kristen’s Thriller minus the Kristen.
Pfui. I think that will work as well as using bricks for a parachute. So I’ve got to come up with some new name, but everything I’m thinking of is rather dull and doesn’t give the scope of what’s going on. Originally, I wanted something to do with sleep in the title, thanks to the backstory, but have since canned that idea thanks to some conversation with K. Sleep no more; I can’t believe I thought that was a decent idea back in the day. Ugh.
So my next big step with this thing is to come up with a name that sticks in your head but will also fit the book. Maybe something will pop up when I start going through it with a fine tooth comb. The novel needs to be edited yet. Who knows? An idea may appear out of nowhere and be the perfect fit.
That would make my day.