As a dedicated member of thing_in_150 (a 500-word-per-day LJ community), I've been updating the group on my progress. In yesterday's posting, I remarked that I'm going to change the name of the story and was thinking about "The Red-Headed Moll".
bogwitch64 chided me (exact quote: "Are you insane??"), saying that "The Dybbuk's Moll" is a much more intriguing title than "The Red-Headed Moll".
She's completely right. It's been a more recent trend of mine to try to have more interesting titles, the kind that "get the foot in the door". "The Red-Headed Moll" is not it.
For this story, the problem is that I've decided the knowledge that it's a dybbuk who has taken over the moll's body isn't known until later. However, Francie (the moll) was the companion of a recently-dead goblin gangster. So, perhaps the title will become "The Goblin's Moll" or "The Goblin's Red-Headed Moll". I still gotta think about this one.
But the whole subject of titles for stories is an interesting one, and I'd love to hear others' thoughts on the subject. How do you decide what to title your stories??