My steampunk novel has been put on hold so that I can go back and work on editing the sequel to The Secret Of Spruce Knoll. I miss my steampunk novel and think of it often but it is a ton of fun being back with my Spruce Knoll characters. I hadn't realized how much I missed them and I had forgotten how much I loved telling their story. Reliving the joy of writing that series is a gift that I must thank all of you for. When the time comes I hope you love it as much as I do! This picture reminded me so much of my main characters that it inspired me the moment I saw it.
During the editing process of this sequel though I realized something. I hate the title, I mean flat out hate it. It must change, no it will change! Some books are easier to title than others but this is not one of those books. For some reason the right title is eluding me. I've explored both the underlying themes of the novel and the exterior ones, the character arcs and the story line, and still I am at a loss. I'm hoping that sometime during the revision stages it will hit me.
Thankfully, the novel still has to go through my Critique Sisters and I'm hoping they'll have ideas for the title after they've read it. That time is still a few months off though so in the meantime I am left to ponder. Do you ever have trouble coming up with a title for your novels? What do you like in a title as a reader or writer?