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Posted: 2/4/2011 10:50 PM PST
One of my favorite authors has a fictional city that is mentioned multiple times in her books, she called it "Missing Mile". I'd like my city to give off that same sort of feel. Sort of... Mysterious, but captivating, and... Full of losers. lol
Like, a place for all the misfits to go, and have a grand ol time.
On the upside, I've thought of a band name. Maybe. I was thinking of going with Eminence. My only problem with it is that it sort of gives of an angst-y teen romance feel to me, so I'm not jumping at using it for the title. I think if I try to balance that out with some bad ass cover art it might work?
I'm pretty set on having the band name be the title of the book, because all in all, that's what the books about. Not necessarily their hardships as/for the band or starting up the career and on the way to fame an fortune or any of that, but... The people in the band, and how they rise above obstacles and all that happy go lucky mumbo jumbo. Since the band is whats keeping them going, and keeping them together through all of it, it just seems most appropriate that that's what the book is called.
...However, I have secretly always wished to have profanity in my title when i finally wrote a novel. Because, come on, you see a book with a cuss word and you WILL look at it. xD
Posted: 2/4/2011 1:38 PM PST
Cities are named after other cities or after a famous person. Example: There is a city on every continent called Rome. My home city of Elizabeth was named after the queen of the same name. You could choose to do that yourself. Or you could choose something absolutely ridiculous. It depends on how you want this city to feel. Is the person running away glad to be there? Is it a nice place, or does he/she hate it? If you want it to sound like a little town that no one cares about, then pick a ridiculous name. For instance (I will mentally slap myself for referring to this), the Twilight series takes place in Forks, Washington. Forks is a real place, and the name sounds silly, but it is supposed to be an insignificant little town. On the other hand, if you want it to sound more epic, you can choose something more significant and meaningful.
As for the novel title, don't worry about it until you are done. The title should encapsule everything the book is about. Until it is written, you can't really tell where your book will end up. Everyone has ideas about their novels, but as you write and edit things will change, and the title you started with might no longer fit. My title has changed four times. For now just pick something, but don't be afraid to change it.
I cannot help you with the band name. Some of the names these days are so strange that I can't even think of where to start. However, I would think about the band and what it stands for (what type of band is it, what about them makes them popular, do they try to do certain things or invoke certain ideas in the heads of their listeners) before choosing a name.
Posted: 2/4/2011 6:03 AM PST
Why not call them "Band on the Run"?
There's the Paul McCartney & Wings album and song with that title, but no actual band with that name as far as I know. Maybe people are worried that Paul McCartney might object to the name, but I don't think he would complain about it being given to a fictional band in a story.
If the city would be located about where Boulder, Colorado, is, then why not call it Boulder, Colorado?
If you're really set on a fictional city name then how about Rockstone City? (The problem with more obvious synonyms like Big Rock City and Big Stone City is that there are actual places with those names).
For a title, you wouldn't want to use "Band on the Run". For one thing, Paul might object. For another, anyone searching for your masterpiece would certainly find Paul's instead. You need a name that's pretty unique as well as memorable. If your band is a rock band, then how about "Rockstone Rock"?
Posted: 1/30/2011 5:30 PM PST
I'm at such a loss!
There's a band in my story- but what do I call them?
They run away from home- but to what city?
It's going to be a novel- but it doesn't have a tittle!
The overall feel is that of being misunderstood, but proud and successful regardless. There will be comedy as well, and I'd like that to be clear. I never want anything I write to be whiny and... gay. So, I don't want the title or band name to give off that sort of impression.
For the city, I don't want to use one that actually exists. I was thinking it would be located about where Boulder, Colorado is. It will still be in Colorado, I only need to change the name of the city. Ideas? Throw em at me!