As I am dismantling Butterflies, I have nicknamed the books. It makes it easier as I write, and gives me easy names for the documents on my computer. Titles are not my favorite, so I don’t mind using working titles for now.
However, last night I had a little bit of inspiration that I am now toying with. Each of the books corresponds to a line in an oracle’s prophecy. That prophecy will be in the front of each book. It occured to me that I could play with that and take words from the prophecy to create the titles.
It’s a good idea in theory but it’s proving a touch more challenging in real life. Here’s the prophecy, as it currently stands:
When a blood-red moon sees a triad born,
The kingdom of Diaea by war will be torn.
If a name that is feared will be honored once more,
If a hero’s girl grows to a soldier of war,
If the country’s young prince finds the one that he seeks,
Then three butterflies have a chance to bring peace.
Right now I’m focusing on three of the novels, which are the lines underlined above. One of the titles is fairly easy. Gretchen’s novel can become A Hero’s Daughter. The other two are not so easy. A Name that is Feared and The One He Seeks are kind of odd names for novels. I’m still working on it.
There is one thing I have to keep in mind: I might want to reword or change the prophecy!
Now I remember why titles aren’t fun.