I have to change the title of my forthcoming YA. It was called LUCKY. I like short pithy titles. My latest completed WIP is called FIERCE. See the trend? Unfortunately there are other books out called LUCKY. There’s a memoir by Alice Sebold. There’s a YA. There are endless clever variations on luck, lucky, unlucky. I liked it because it was the nickname of my MC who is soooo not lucky. It was ironic. I love irony. So anyway, in a month I am going to be getting my editorial letter and will begin revision. But in the meantime I have to come up with a great new title. *thinks* *exhales through nose* *thinks harder* *ruptures something* Shoot! The only thing I am sure of is that I will know it when I think of the ONE. As much as I know that the list of possibles I’ve just written down is terrible. Words drift across my brain and they all sound stupid. My agent is also working on this. He’s a clever man and he used to work in Hollywood so he knows all about zingers. My wonderful Scholastic editor is thinking too but she has much to think about. And this should be my job. My book. My baby. In fact, much like naming a child this requires careful consideration. Sure it seemed funny when I was 8 months pregnant and the husband and I decided to name our son Paris Texas Parris. Or Oolala Gay Parris if the baby was a girl. But the thing is after a few months the joke wears thin. Usually the title is one of the first things I think of when I begin a new manuscript. It helps me envision a book. It gives me something to grab onto when I only have a handful of pages down or a bunch of notes. I do an Amazon and Google search and if it comes up clear then I stick with it. Except for sometimes the story grows away from the title and then it doesn’t fit anymore. Do you write with a title in mind? Or do you just call it working manuscript # 6 and worry about something more formal once you’re done?