The big question we all ask when finishing a project is: What do I title this thing?
For some this may be a walk in the park. For others this could be the biggest stress of your life!
Usually I would just tell you to not over think it. The right title will come to you when it’s the right time.
Sometimes that’s not the case, though.
When working with deadlines (especially journalism) you might have a very limited amount of time to come up with an answer to that almighty question. You’ll need to come up with something quick.
1. Make a Reference to Your Own Writing
This is the easiest and safest means of creating a title.
Look at your work and pick out a few lines that seem to embody the point of what you wrote. Look through them and find a phrase that would fit well as a title.
That’s as simple as it is!
Just be careful to pick something that isn’t too hard to remember or say. Length titles are funny, but they’re also hard to fit on the cover of your book.
2. Look For Symbols
In High School we’ve been forced to locate enough symbols in literature that it should be easy to find one in your own writing. You probably aren’t even aware of it, but surely you wrote one in.
For example, if someone see’s birds every time chaos breaks out, you could title your work, “Birds of Chaos”.
Once again, it’s as simple as that.
3. Try to Stay Clear of One Word Titles
New authors sometimes like to look at their work, pick a big fancy word that ‘describes’ it, and then slap it on the cover. (They’ll probably even throw in a really dramatically posed picture of a couple hugging or something).
Please stay clear of this path!
One word titles are the breeding grounds of unprofessional authors.
Sure, if you can find meaning in your book with one word, then go for gold! Half the time, though, one word titles mean little to the actual writing. One words are the escape hatch for authors who don’t want to put actual effort into the image of their novel.
For your own sake, don’t loop yourself in with the amateurs before anyone’s even read your book.
4. Research Your Title
When I say ‘research your title’ I mean type it into the internet and see how many times it comes up. If a million people have the same title you’re debating using, maybe go for a more unique route. Remember, you’re in the midst of millions of authors trying just as desperately to get noticed.
Try a little harder. Seriously!
Anywho, good luck with your title picking. Try to not over think it yet don’t under think it… Best of luck!