Like all writers, I have my strengths and weaknesses. And I work on honing the former and minimizing the latter.
One of my strongest abilities is in formulating good lead-ins. I feel fortunate to be able to design paragraphs that draw the reader in and keep his/her interest. I think that's been a large part of my success thus far.
However, I stink at titles. Really, really stink. The stench is palpable and has probably felled a dozen or so cattle in the last year alone.
It's something that doesn't make sense. I'm a creative individual, and I have a decent command of my native tongue; yet I cannot seem to put together titles that sing. (Usually, they just cough and sputter.)
With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to play a little writing exercise just to work on developing our imagination and innovation.
I came up with the following five titles (all appropriately bizarre), and I'm inviting you to engage with me in a simple game. We'll try to come up with a description of the stories, plays, poems, et cetera that could "match" the titles.
For instance, if the title were "Knockers on Fourth Street", I would suggest that the corresponding work could be a compilation of photographs (coffee table book style) of door knockers in the historic district of a town. Alternatively, the title could be for a children's book about a family whose last name was "Knockers" and who lived on Fourth Street.
Okay, so onto the titles so you can play, too!
Just be inventive and crazy -- the wilder, the better. I don't have any prizes, but you'll win oohs and ahhhs from your peers! And who knows? You might find inspiration from the experience.
Title #1. "Porcelain Mummy"
Title #2. "Chocolate Shadow"
Title #3. "A Penny's Worth of Night Owls"
Title #4. "Tulip Treasures"
Title #5. "Snippets of Satin"