If you haven’t noticed yet, most of the titles for my stories are one word. “Sensu Learns a Lesson” is actually an aberration for me. Why do I chose such simple titles? Well, in most cases you will find that the titles are far more complex than the single word expresses and has a profound connection to the underlying theme of the story.
For example, “Sanity” is a story about creatures that can manipulate people’s minds. In fact, they can reach into their minds and bring forth their deepest fears, pushing them until the person hits the point of breaking into insanity. Thus, “Sanity” is used as a counterpoint to what actually happens in the story. Also, one of the creatures says “We have returned your sanity”. The whole story is based on the choices made that lead us down dark roads that can end in insanity borne from sanity.
“Lepidoptera” on the other hand is a symbolic title. Lepidoptera is the class name for butterflies and moths. Yes, butterflies actually appear in the story but they are representations of art, beauty, and peace. War is represented by crows killing butterflies, while peace is represented by being embraced by butterflies. Artists are marked by butterflies.
Basically, I like to use very simple titles that seem un-complex until after you have read the story. Then the title turns out to be much deeper than the simple word suggests and cuts to the root of the entire story. Please consider reading one of my stories to see how their titles resonate throughout them. For only $1 a month you will get a every month at my Patreon page.