The title of your novel, your short story, your masterpiece – is critical. It’s your first foot forward, the very first time your reader meets you.
What are the magic ingredients of an unforgettable title?
A title has got to reflect the theme/s of the book, be a hook and ideally be a kind of paradox or pun. And it’s got to be memorable and fresh!
That’s a lot to ask from 1-5 words. So it’s important to find one that grabs you, but really hard to do!
I tried out over 50 working titles on my upcoming novel, Something in the Water.
I began with the Wisdom of Solomon. That was my first love and lasted the longest. I tried on and then passed by Drop in the Ocean, Stolen Thunder, The Hardest Word and Swimming With Angels. I smirked at To Krill a Mockingbird and giggled over The Humpback of Notre Dame.
Ask your beta readers for ideas and feedback, ask your friends, ask yourself after you wake from your dreams – collect every possibility and then choose the one that feels right.
I don’t know if the title of my upcoming novel is unforgettable. I hope so. It’s the one that felt right to me.
That’s all we can do. Good luck!
What do you think is important in a great title?
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