Linda Maye Adams

The Importance of Being A Title


I just stumbled across a random title generator.  Click the button, and it creates a list of titles from words.

Hmm.

Titles are the first impression of a book to a reader:

I walk past a table, and the book title catches my eye.

I scan a website with cover shots, and the book title catches my eye.

Titles tell me …

What genre the story is.

If it has action in it.

A hint of things to come in the story.

This is a book I want to read.

This is a book I don’t want to read.

How do you decide on a title for your book?  What types of titles draw you to books or films and why?  What types of titles will make you pass on a book or movie?  Why?

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I hope you’ll check out my article Critiquing Omniscient Viewpoint in Vision: A Resource for Writers.

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