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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Do you have a Title?

The title of your book is the first thing anyone will read.

It's got to hook the reader in just as much as the first line.

Apparently most authors are rubbish at choosing titles for their novels, but it's one thing I love doing. I think it's because I love playing around with words for my poems, haiku and limericks; checking out the definitions of things; making puns.

I like the idea that a title can be summative and direct or enticing and oblique.

Apparently the best titles include something with which the average reader can identify, giving an immediate impression of genre and content. Many just leave the reader puzzled and lost. While it can be intriguing, it should be memorable, giving the reader insights into the content of the novel. 

Your title must be:

Specific                 Concrete          Unusual.

Check out the Mslexia website for their free pdf workshops which has some great advice.

How do you tackle titles?
Do you avoid them until the last minute?
Choose a title that will do for the moment?
or research and chunter until you find the one that suits?