Sunday, April 26, 2015

Writing Things #3: Titles


How many of you can think up an amazing title for a novel within the next few seconds?

Okay, you all are really brilliant, and can probably do it, but for me, I have to take days, possibly even weeks thinking up the perfect title for a story.

It's really hard for me and my brain.

-pats self-

Titles for novels, and even short stories, are hard for me to think up off the top of my head without being enormously cheesy and sarcastic.

First you have to think of the theme of one's story, and all the characters, and what message one is trying to get at in order to make a title worthy of the content and blah blah blah.

etc.

And also, the title has to be catchy, or somthing easy to say.

You can't just name your novel: "A ballad of a strange and wonderful storm of hail, which fell in London the 18th of may, which hurt several men, killed many birds, and spoiled many trees, with other strange accidents never before known in England."

Although I would read the heck out a novel titled that, other people might go:



Not that you should care what they think. 

But that would be extremely hard on marketing and you know....other business. Not to mention trying to say a title like that all in one breath. 

(Bonus points if any of you can say the aforesaid title all in one breath. ^.^ Comment below if you can.) 

So....for this post, although I'm sure not many of you need this advice, (As I have seen some of the titles for your books and they are stunning) I'm just going to list a few things down below that help me create the perfect novel/story title that I am completely satisfied with. 

Titles have tons of pressure laid on them by the reader. It's the very first impression your reader gets of your story. Genre especially. 

If you named your story, "Storm of the Ebony Crown" people might think it's a historical fiction or somthing fantasy-ish. Wouldn't it be a shocker if they found out it was a contemporary love story? 

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I mean honestly, titles are huge deals. And that's why I panic when I have to find the right one. 

If I ever get published, even minorly, I couldn't go back and change anything. Its out there, and that title has to be stuck with that particular work of writing. 

-panics- 


LIST: 
  1. Experiment. Maybe name a few pinterest boards or random pieces of paper prospective titles for novels. 
  2. Write down a list of titles you might want to use. Chances are, there should be a few words similar in each prospective title you write down. 
  3. Try imagining it. Can you see this title on the cover of your future book? Yes? No? If it's no, you might want to try something else.
  4. Think of characters, themes, etc. If it's a humorous story, name it something funny. If all the characters die in the story, mayhap name it something a little more thought provoking. Of course, naming books after characters is always a nice idea too. (Just make sure the character's name isn't, "John." That's just....mmh.) 
  5. Listen to songs. Maybe the things you listen to inspire the way your titles and stories go. 
This tends to help me a lot. Reading others works and using title generators also works wonders as well. 

And just for the fun of it, here are a few title generators you can play around with. ^.^ 




And to all my readers who can think of a perfect title within the span of a few seconds, hats off to you all. -bows- 



Questions? Comments? Anything to add? I would love to hear from you! 

Oh, and if any of you have titles from works you have written and would like to share them, I would very much like to read them. You guys really are spectacularly brilliant. 

Other than that, have a great week everyone! -Saphira :)

30 comments:

  1. Wow, just reading this gave me a great idea for the title of my story that I'm working on. Hehe, thanks!

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    1. Thanks for reading! That's so cool, I'm glad I could be of some help. XD

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  2. I can say the title in one breath! I almost died, but. . . I said it.
    Anyway, great title Saphira! Like you it takes me /forever/ to come up with a proper title. *shakes head* I can come up with everything but a proper title. I think I'll try your tips with my next novel. :D

    -Hope

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    1. Hehehehe! XD XD You made me laugh Hope! Thanks for commenting!
      Same here. One can come up with an amazing plot and characters and who-else-knows-what, but book titles just....errg. XD

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  3. Wow, those name generators are really helpful! I'm using some title names for my book chapter names:)

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    1. Awesome, I hoped they would be! XD That's also cool. I use generators for my chapter titles as well. :)

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    2. Great minds think alike:)

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  4. I can't wait to get to this step. I have to finish my story first. Thanks for the blog post.

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    1. Glad you liked it! Hope you have a good time finishing your story. :D I'm sure you'll name it something amazing!

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  5. If people give me ideas I can pop out really good titles {a list of about ten} in a couple minutes!

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    1. Oh that is awesome!! I wish I had your talent. XD
      Thanks for commenting!

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    2. can u give me some cool titles related to the theme, "Dont give up" "keep moving forward" "i will see the other side of the clouds" all of them involve tenacity, doggedness blah blah.

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    1. Yay!! :D I can't really do it without almost passing out, so yay! -throws confetti-. Hehe, thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  7. Thanks so much! I used Fiction Ally and found the perfect title for my story, again, thanks so much!

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    1. No problem, thanks for commenting! Glad you found a title! :D

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  8. This was hilarious! And helpful! You're such a fun writer :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hahaha, I try. :D Thank you for commenting!

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  9. I'm a singer, I got that title out in one breath with air to spare. :) Thanks for this post! I clicked around on one of the title generators, and while none of them quite worked it inspired me, now I have a couple to roll around in my noggin.
    My mom always advised me not to stress about the title, at some point you'll come up with something clever or if not, at the very end, you'll know exactly where you were going and then you can figure out a title.

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    1. Yay! -hands cake- I'm very impressed! I've never been good with my air. XP Glad the generators could help to some extent. ;)
      Words of wisdom from your mom. ^.^ Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I did say all that in one breath HA!

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  11. I was writing a story about a tragic love between two a young married couple who were killed in a car accident in the first chapter. I needed a title for the story desperately. I work on a loading dock and while moving some freight there was a piece of paper on one shipment that said “Return to French Road”. And I was in awe because this would make a perfect title for my story. As I got further involved in the story I realized that it was to happy and I wanted to give it a sadness because of the loss of my two characters. I wrote a post-it to myself saying that I had to “Darken French Road”. And that became my title.

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    1. Ooooh, that is really good, and also a pretty good way to get titles. Taking stuff from real life can be super helpful. :P
      Your story sounds super interesting, and the title is awesome. Maybe I can read it someday. ^.^

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  12. I had the perfect title "Variation on a Theme" to a story I couldn't decide how to end and was going to put all three versions in one. Didn't finish it. Working on a story without a title now, but have four related stories to the current WIP, one named for the Sheryl Crow song, "My Favorite Mistake." Too bad it has to wait!

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    1. Aw yeah, it's hard naming stories something epic, but then never finishing them, I get that all too well. :P
      "My Favorite Mistake" Sounds really meaningful. I'd pick it up if it was in a bookstore. ^.^

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  13. I'm a writer and a poet. And I mostly just write FanFiction. So I'm just curious, all of the tips that you have listed above story titles, do they also apply to writing FanFiction?

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    1. Of course! I've used all of this for my novels and my fanfiction. Go right ahead. :D Good luck with your writing!

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  14. I'm on the final edit of my novel and I still can't think of a sound title, except for the name of the main character - which doesn't seem that original or catchy to me. On the other hand, I've written short stories where I've thought of a nice title within minutes. Is it me or is the problem within my story...

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    1. Short stories are definitely easier to come up with for me, as they have less to summarise in the title if that makes any sence. :P As for finding a title for your novel (congrats on the final edit!), it's like finding a puzzle piece that will fit perfectly. You can work with the wrong title, but once you find the right title, everything will feel just right. :D It might not be something wrong with you for the story, you just haven't found the right one yet. A bit like dating sometimes. XD Good luck!

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