So,show me some respect. Really.

It’s not easy, coming up with a decent name. For anything. Ask any parent.

And, when your baby’s on paper, and represents hours, days, weeks, or even months of your time, it can be harder still.

Getting a good title, though. That’s the problem.

There are no hard and fast rules, other than the obvious:
1. Avoid mind-numbing clichés, and
2. Avoid getting sued.

Over the next few posts, I’ll go through some of the methods that I use.

Double Meanings

A camel is a large desert creature, with a hump on its back. It’s also the name of a popular brand of cigarette.

Relationships like this – especially if the alternate meanings of a word or phrase are radically different- can yield intriguing titles.

Some examples:

“That Broke The Camels”: A critical situation (make or break), in which our hero is held captive by a chain-smoking psychopath (addicted to Camels) – and has to fight his way out.
“In Hock, for The Last Time”: A compulsive gambler falls foul of the Mob in Europe (in hock, or owing money), and comes to a sticky end, in a winery (Hock, being a German wine).

More next time.