Once you have a draft, it’s a good idea to make a stab at a title. This will likely change as you revise and, in the end, the publisher may prefer a different title. But this is a good place to start.
My best technique for finding a good title is to make lists. Long list. Sometimes up to fifty or more titles, trying to find just the right phrase. Try some of these strategies as you brainstorm titles.
- Use Characters’ names
- Include verbs or strong action words
- Use a metaphor
- Find a catchy phrase from the text
- Rhyme the title
- Play off a famous saying
- Include emotion
- Use something concrete
- Stick with the simple
- Be unexpected
Write 5-10 titles for your story. Choose the one you like best and use as a working title.
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