Titles: Think Like a Writer and a Reader

Here’s another creative writing prompt for your 750 words, a challenge to write 750 words each day to better Think Like a Writer. Read more here.

Today, spend your precious 750 words doing nothing but writing titles for stories that you might want to write. Every ten or so, stop and think about which ones you might actually like to read yourself. Think about what titles would make you pick up this story and read farther.

In his book, Stein on Writing, Sol Stein says you need some kind of imagery and it doesn’t hurt if it trips off the tongue sweetly. So, try a metaphor, make it rhyme, use consonance. Play with words today.

Not: Diego Rivera
But: The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera

Not: As Others Are
Not: The World’s Room
Not: They Who Get Shot
Not: An Italian Chronicle
Not: The Sentimental Education of Frederick Henry
But: A Farewell to Arms (by Ernest Hemingway)

So, if you need to write a lot of Nots, go ahead. Search for one great title. Write titles; but think like a writer and a reader!

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Start Your Novel by Darcy Pattison
You want to write a novel, but you don’t know where to start. You have a great idea and–well, that’s all. This book explains the writing process of starting a novel in six winning steps.

Starting the Journey
Why Editors Focus on Page 1
STEP ONE: Clarify Your Idea
STEP TWO: Review Your Skills
STEP THREE: Plan the Opening Chapter
STEP FOUR: Plan the Opening Line
STEP FIVE: Now, Write!
STEP SIX: Revise

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