Tips When Choosing A Title

June 6, 2019

At first I didn’t even consider a title when writing my first story… I just wrote. I didn’t realize how important and valuable a title was but now I do. In this post I’ll be giving tips on how to choose a title for your book!

 

 

 

IT’S OKAY NOT TO HAVE A TITLE AT FIRST...

 

I’m always working on short stories and other novel ideas so the title doesn’t come to me at first. I’ll write a few chapters or plan it all out and look for the message, the goal or what I’m trying to achieve through this story. It’s all right if you don’t have a title at first… the important thing is to write. So you have a better understanding of your story, when you decide on a title. 

 

LOOK AT YOUR MAIN POINTS FOR IDEAS

 

Usually I’ll take the main events/conflicts that happen in my story to gain inspiration for a title. For example, in Caught by the Bad Boys  into three books—I call the first book CAUGHT. Reason being for this title was because the main character’s true identity . Other things she did along the way, clumsily for, they caught her out. I took that similar pattern that occurred and created a title that’s straightforward. 

 

OBSERVE YOUR CHARACTERS FOR SOMETHING THAT STANDS OUT

 

This is one I’ve used for a short story. It’s the simplist thing to look at if you have a unique character. Maybe your character has a badass looking scar or best friend who has a pet that no one else has. It doesn’t even have to be with something they have, it could be where they come from, what they like or who they are/represent. 

 

 

SHORT TITLES ARE QUICK ON THE EYE

 

I didn’t believe this one at first but the more I read… the more I understood. Short titles are in fact quick on the eye. When you browse in a bookstore on a timer because your parents know you take long—you’re more likely to take in the shorter titles. It processes quicker as people try to figure out what a few simple words could mean. 

 

LONG YET PECULIAR TITLES…

 

Haha, see what I did there? Peculiar? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. That’s what I mean. If someone is taking their time, browsing in a bookshop or online, they’re most likely to come across a title like that. The longer the title, the more interested the reader is. However, the title must be catchy that makes the reader want to grab/select the book and read the blurb. Long titles are usually straightforward as if giving a statement but still questionable where the reader has to know what it means. The longest title I’ve had was my book series, Caught by the Bad Boys. A statement. Readers know that someone (mostly a girl) is getting caught by the bad boys. 

 

That’s all the tips I can think about at the moment but when I have/think of more, I will update! The most important thing is choosing a title you will like and can imagine next to your pen/author name. 

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