For the longest time, I wanted to call Breathe, Traveling Angels. Traveling angels is a screenwriting term I got from story guru John Truby. It means a person who comes into the midst, does some good--or so they think--and then vanishes. I thought it would be perfect! The title carried me. I loved telling people that was the name of my new novel! But then, my editor told me no one at Algonquin loved it. It didn't have anything to do with the novel, it was not a strong or evocative enough title. Luckily, Breathe, the title of a story that gave birth to this novel, was. (I really love that title. Just saying it makes me relax because I instinctively take a deep breath.)
But this new novel is still stretching its legs. I'm not sure of the real meaning of my story yet because I am still in draft one. But I will say, I am newly in love with single verb titles.
How does anyone else figure out their titles?