I really, really suck at coming up with titles for my stories. Which is a problem when it comes to naming documents. I usually end up being too lazy to come up with good document names, so they're left with names that aren't helpful in the least in telling me what the document actually contains.
Let's take a look at the statistics, shall we? (Oh and just a note, I don't actually have that many completed drafts of stuff... most of the documents are filled with a few paragraphs or sentences of half-baked ideas).
Number of documents that are named with a really terrible summary of the story e.g. "Cranberry Story": 18
Number of documents named with the first line of story e.g. "I wake up to tent fabric": 9
Number of documents named after a random character (or main character) in the story e.g. "Dudley": 18
Number of documents named with a summary that actually effectively summarizes: 1
Number of documents named with names that give no information whatsoever e.g. "Life" or "rename later" (and "rename later"s document name still hasn't changed since 2009): 6
Number of documents named with something that resembles an actual title: 12
And that's just one folder. I haven't even gotten to my Short Stories folder yet...
|My wonderfully named documents in my short story file...|
I am so good at naming documents, aren't I? I mean, obviously I know exactly what the documents "short story" and "random short piece" are. I also evidently get kind of crazy after naming multiple drafts of something...
How do you go about naming your documents when you don't have a title yet? How do you come up with titles for your WIPs?
In other news... I finished the first draft of my current WIP yesterday!!