Those Darn Titles!

Have you ever written a paper in High School or College that you feel was excellent, but the title was an elusive monster that just would not reveal itself?  I have, especially on those assignments that allowed me to pick my own topic.  Worse yet, when I was required to do a creative assignment, it had to have an engaging title.  What is an engaging title?  That seems rather subjective … well sort of.

Titles are hard. Hammering out a plot is one thing, knowing how to name the plot so that it fits while catching reader’s eyeballs is another. Obviously, being a novelist, I love creative writing.  Writing is in my very soul, but titles on the other hand… again… titles are hard.  I’m not here to say that I have become an expert at it either.  Just know that if you struggle in this area, you are not alone.

As an author, it is my responsibility to grab a reader’s attention.  The first things a person sees on a book are the cover and the title.  These are two of the most important elements of a book.  If a cover or title is not attracting attention, no one will care to read the summary.  If the summary isn’t read, the book probably won’t be read either.  There is a lot of pressure to get the titles just right, and that is something I am still trying to figure out.

One thing I have found helpful is to bounce ideas off a friend or family member. Often, they help me come up with ideas I had never thought about.

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