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 which was divided into three books—I call the first book CAUGHT. Reason being for this title was because the main character’s true identity was exposed. 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.