"Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic." Today's question on the YA Highway Road Trip is:
NAME THIS LIFE: What would your memoir be called?
Can I just say, this question is hard? Really. Coming up with titles for your fiction is hard enough. Encapsulating the essence of your life in a title is daunting! I decided to brush up on recent memoir and biography titles for inspiration. Here are some of the best and worst:
1. LIVES LIKE LOADED GUNS: EMILY DICKINSON AND HER FAMILY'S FEUDS by Lyndall Gordon This biography of Emily Dickinson and her family uses a line of her poetry for the title. Of course, when you're working with Dickinson, you have a wealth of possibilities for a title. This title is both lyrical and a representation of the content of the biography.
2. BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua. Philosophy aside, this title is really catchy. 3. SAVAGE BEAUTY: THE LIFE OF EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY by Nancy Milford. This title is a little florid, just like Millay's life and work. Worst 1. LIFE by Keith Richards. I mean, come on. The man has probably forgotten more outrageous anecdotes than a dozen of us put together will experience in a lifetime. There was nothing more specific they could come up with than LIFE? 2. JUST KIDS by Patti Smith. What is it with musicians and flat titles? 3. SOULA COASTER: THE DIARY OF ME by R.Kelly. Can you see my eyes rolling so hard I'm afraid they might get stuck? I have faith you can. I assume "SOULA COASTER" is supposed be a play on "rollercoaster?" Yeah. Not working for me.
I would probably go with a phrase of poetry or a lyric. Maybe TANGLED UP IN BLUE after the Dylan song? It implies that the memoir will be tragic, which isn't really what I'm going for, but it sounds good. Like what would your pseudonym be, this is another YA Highway question I'm glad I don't have to answer in real life!