Of all skills related to word output, I would have to say that titles are my biggest sticking point. You've probably already noticed, if you've read this blog at all. My post titles are literal, with no embellishment. I do the same thing on Livejournal, where I've had an account since 2003. If I'm creative, I'll title my post with a pun somewhat related to something I'm writing about.
If you've been reading since the beginning, you've also noticed that I changed the title of the blog 8 times before I settled on "Tales of an intrepid pantster." I'm still not sure I like the title, but it's grown on me.
My fiction is no better. The trilogy I've been working on since forever has had three titles since I first started poking at it, and I'm not enamored of my current choice: "Awaken." Sure, it's related to the plot in several ways, but it's not terribly eye-catching. My writing group likes the idea of keeping all three short and simple.
And I may be agonizing over it for nothing, anyway. I'm told that a lot of titles change during the editorial process, and I don't know that the book is good enough for publication in the first place. I mean, I really hope it is, with all the work I've put into it, but I'm not hanging all my hopes on the trilogy becoming a break-out bestseller.
It would be nice if lots of people read my books and loved them and recommended them to all their friends and neighbors. But I am nothing if not realistic. Expecting that kind of success would be like getting critiqued at my writing group and hearing only gushing praise. It's not going to happen.
Is there a writing issue you struggle with? How do you come up with good titles? Is there a formula for crafting a good title, or is that best left to a publishing house's marketing department?