When I’m working on a new piece, short story or novel, I usually have an idea for a title. However I’m very open to my potential future editor changing it.
In fact, when I talk about my stories, I never actually use the title. I never even use the titles when naming my documents. Everything is labeled and referred to by the main character’s name: Julia, Ephraim, Ruby, Jeff and Rosemary… None of which would make arresting book titles.
When I pass out copies of scenes to my writer’s group, I rarely remember to put page numbers on the pages. And it’s even rarer that I remember to put the working title on there. However, my group knows the story well enough that this doesn’t seem to bother them. I’ve even noticed that when I do put the working title on there, someone will always say something like “Oh, good, more Julia.”
That makes me feel better about not being ferociously tied to title.
But what about you? How important are titles to you when you’re writing a piece?