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:~: Thursday, April 19, 2007 :~:

A Plethora of Titles

I'm terribly unimaginative when it comes to titles.

Which anyone who has tried to brainstorm titles with me, will attest to. For the life of me, I can't seem to think up anything interesting, or intriguing, or even halfway decent. It's humiliating, but when it comes to titles my mind draws a complete blank. So, when I run across something I think sounds like it would make a great title, I tend to write it down and hoard it....you know, just in case by some miracle it might happen to fit one of my books someday. (which hasn't happened to date)

A couple of years ago I came across this absolutely killer list. A list full of names that would make killer titles. So I copied my favorites from the list down and kept them all this time, hoping. . . .


Nope, haven't used one of them.

Anyway-- the list is full of the different nouns that are used to describe a multitude of different animals. Of course some of them are used so often we don't even think about them. Like a Pride of Lions. Or a Pod of Whales. But there are dozens that I'd never heard of. And the imagination that went into these names. . .(yes, its an elipses day)

Some of my favorites

A shrewdness of Apes
A battery of Barracudas
A cloud of bats
A sleuth of bears
A clash of bucks
A kaleidoscope of butterflies
A wake of buzzards
A coalition of cheetahs
A quiver of cobras
A congregation of crocodiles
A murder of crows
A business of ferrets
A charm of finchs
A flamboyance of flamigoes
A skulk of foxes
A bloat of hippopattamuses
A cackle of hyenas
A scold of jays
An exaltation of larks
A leap of leapards
A labour of moles
A wisdom of owls
A pandemonium of parrots
An ostentation of peacocks
A prickle of porcupine
A rhumba of rattlesnakes
An unkindness of ravens
A shiver of sharks
An ambush of tigers
A blessing of unicorns

Are these cool or what?


Blogger B.E. Sanderson said...

I used to worry over titles, until I read somewhere (actually in several places) that the publisher will most likely change the titles anyway. Now I don't sweat it - I do the best I can and hope my best will be left alone when I finally get published. =o)

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Welcome to Romance Worth Killing For. I don't actually worry about titles too much either. But it is nice to have something at least catchy when submitting, ya know?

So far-- one of my friends has been really lucky when it comes to her titles. She's kept maybe 50%.

Another writer buddy hasn't been so lucky. She hasn't been allowed to keep even one and the last one they stuck her with was absolutely horrible.



4:16 PM  
Blogger Edie said...

I love Blessing of Unicorns and Wisdom of Owls. :) I like to have the right title and the right names. I feel I have it with BOOBS and my current one. But I'm on page 63 and still not sure about my character's first name.

5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I thought a blessing of unicorns would make a wonderful title. So would a A kaleidoscope of butterflies.

I get a big kick out of the rattlesnake one too.

9:43 PM  

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