Choosing a Title

You’ve spent hours upon hours working on your masterpiece. You’ve drafted, edited, gotten feedback, and done it all over again so many times that you’ve lost count. And now, you need a title—just a few special words that do justice to the tens of thousands of words beneath the cover. How do you choose?

To be honest, I don’t really know. But I have found some guidelines to point authors in the right direction, namely Anne R. Allen’s 10 Tips for Choosing the Right Book Title in the E-Age. This is a good comprehensive post to look at if you’re like me and don’t really know what to do about your title.

Anne points out that many well-known books had their titles changed before publication, such as 1984 and Pride and Prejudice. She gives a good overview of what titles usually consist of—the main character’s name, the setting of the story, or a quote from the story. And she points out what I consider to be the most important learning strategy of all time when it comes to storytelling—study good titles and compare them to bad titles, and discover what differentiates them for you.

So check out the article, and learn about the art of titling your story!

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2 thoughts on “Choosing a Title

  1. Aeryn Rudel

    Great article. Thanks for posting it. I struggle with titles too, and there’s some great advice in Anne R. Allen’s article. Her first tip, “Always Do a Thorough Search for Your Title,” particularly stands out for me. I’ve been bitten by that one more than once.

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    1. writer292 Post author

      Thanks Aeryn! “Always Do a Thorough Search” is great advice . . . even though it can be disappointing, better to find out now rather than later what your new title is associated with. Kudos for getting your titles out there!

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