Everyone knows you need to warm up before sprinting, so let’s wake up our creativity with a few minutes of Title Improv.
As any number of the Eight Ladies would agree, finding just the right title for your story can be a major source of frustration. How do you encapsulate your plot, give the reader an idea of what to expect, and entice someone to pick up your book over all the other options that are out there? It’s a pretty big challenge.
Perusing my TBR pile, I see that one way authors are approaching the problem is by coming up with a title that is very close to a common phrase, with just a few modifications.
“the girl is mine” became “The Earl is Mine” in a recent book by Kieran Kramer
Suzanne Enoch turned the “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” quote about Lord Byron into “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid”
“A rose by any other name” was “A Rogue by Any Other Name” for Sarah MacLean
I could keep going, but I’m sure you get the idea.
So, now it’s your turn.
- Think of a well-known phrase/quote/etc. and see what kind of titles you can come up with.
- For bonus points include a sentence or two about the story that would go with the title.
- Post your results in the comments section.
*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*
Ah, you’re back. Kind of fun, right? Can’t wait to see what you have come up with.
Now that you’re all warmed up, time to start sprinting.
As a reminder, the goal is to flex your writing skills and to jump start your creativity. It’s all about getting words on the page, not getting the perfect words on the page, so pull out that pen/paper, computer, or whatever your writing implements of choice are, and Write.
- Set a time period (i.e., 15 minutes)
- When you’re done, note your progress in the comments (i.e., “15 minutes and 394 words”)
- Rinse and repeat
I’ll be sprinting at lunch time. I hope to see some great word counts and titles in the comments to motivate my own efforts.
Happy writing to all.