How’s Your Title Coming Along

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Cover of "On Writing:  A Memoir of the Cr...

Cover of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

If you are like me, it may take some time to come up for the appropriate title for your work. It goes for anything that you want to place before the public.  I find I can think of titles, but something inside of me knows it doesn’t quite fit (I wonder if that’s my muse talking).

Sometimes the titles are correct from the start for me.  My book that was originally published in November of last year, had the title of “The Tower”.  When I did a revision of the book this year, I felt the title needed expanding.  I actually gave it a subtitle.  It is now”The Tower, A Jensen Mystery.”  The book I hope to publish this coming year is called “Dobyns Chronicles”.  I haven’t been able to come up with a new title, so it is the one that stuck (cover is designed).

If you have problems, I have found an article from Daily Writing Tips  which gives seven ways to help you find the correct title for your work.

1.  Think of adjectives, nouns and verbs which describe your work.  Write them down and then try pulling your title from them.  You can mix them around to see what works best.

2. Look for an important turning point in your novel or focus on the climax.  Describe the event on paper  Pick out the words or phrases which stand out to you.  See if something works for you for a title.

3.  Pick out novels or short stories that run in the same genre as your work.  Study the titles and how they relate to the story.  Then,  look at your project as a whole.  Think of the theme or overall message of your book.  Write down some words that go along with your theme and work them to see if you can find your title.

4.  Avoid the obvious “The” titles like “The Pink Slipper” or The Brown Dog“.  Look for a slight recurring themes or undercurrents in your novel and try naming your novel after those subtle nuances.

5.  Poets have a way of weaving words into a beautiful picture.  Read some famous poetry and write down words and phrases that stick out to you.  Song lyrics can have the same effect. You can find some powerful titles by mixing, matching and combining words from lyrics.

6.  Consult your thesaurus and look up synonyms for commonly occurring words in your novel.  Look up this synonyms in the dictionary to get a better understand of their meaning.  Use different words in context to find a combination that you like.

7.Type title generator into your search engine and see what pops up.  There are several websites that will either random titles .

I have also included a video on picking your title.  Enjoy……..

http://youtu.be/L0OJuB2yX50

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