- Theme. Where I know the theme I'm writing to there is often a proverb or well known phrase that I can adapt which fits and would be a great title. For example, in From Light to Dark and Back Again, there is one story called Tripping the Light Fantastic. Dance does come into the story, hence the "tripping" and why I thought the phrase would be a good one to use here.
- Twist. My Pressing the Flesh story in my collection is a good example of how I took a phrase and twisted the meaning but you will need to read the tale to find out more!
- Mood. Yes, I can match the mood of the tale to the story. Some of my character studies, such as They Don't Understand, come into this category.
- Stating the Facts. Simple titles always work best and I often use one that will give the reader a good idea of what the story is going to be like. George Changes His Mind is exactly all about that but the reader knows to read the story to find out who George is and what he changed his mind about.
- Puns. Sometimes these have been appropriate for my lighter tales. The Mint with the Hole was a well known advertising slogan for a kind of mint in the UK but I've taken this story and made a pun on the word "mint".
Vary up the way you come up with titles. It's fun, using different methods will help you generate different kinds of title and then you can decide which is most appropriate.