- Good titles are an advertising tool. They position the piece/story/book within its field, and are one of the first parts of a book the reader comes into contact with. Make them nice and memorable then.
- The formula for an academic title seems to go Snappy Title/Bad Pun: Much Longer Boring Title. You know you've done it. Now stop it.
- Well meaning, or picky, or simply annoying editors will want to change your titles. Let them. It's their publication, after all, and it's better than them changing everything else.
- Short is good, but these days half the books out there seem to have one word titles. A few words is perfectly acceptable too.
- It's possible, if you're sufficiently stuck for ideas, to write stories from the title outwards. Come up with a great title, then write what has to go with it. If you're in a rut, coming up with great, and strange, titles can be a good way out.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Some Thoughts on Titles
Titles are always awkward, and I have to admit I've never been particularly good with them. Even so, some random thoughts on them: