Hello writer bees!
If there’s any silver lining to this chaotic time, it’s that writers are using their time to work on new projects. And with new projects comes a daunting task; Choosing the perfect title. It’s a huge question for any writer with a WIP. How do you create an interesting title that catches the readers attention and perfectly represents your story?
Today, I’m showing you what story elements can lead you to a read worthy title. Here are some ideas for where you can find the name of your book.
Character Inspired Titles
If you have a character focused piece, pick a title that highlights the main character. Although it might be a simplistic option, a book named after a protagonist can be compelling to potential readers. And it doesn’t necessarily need to be the character’s name either. Think about the role the character plays in their world.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
- The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
Setting Themed Titles
Consider naming the book after a prominent location featured in the story. Do the characters live in a specific town or residence? Or are they traveling to a certain destination? Settings transport the audience to a different time and place. Intrigue your readers with an invitation to a new world.
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
- Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
- The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
Memorable Line or Object
Is the adventure centered around a coveted object? Or is there a sentence/phrase that sums up the entire novel? A memorable line or item featured in the story can become a great book title. Search through the text and find those stand out bits that you feel represent the entire novel well.
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
- The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
Bonus Tips for Book Titles
- Represent the right genre: If you pick a title that sounds like a fantasy story but it’s really a murder mystery, reader will be confused. Choose a title that reflects the genre. Research book titles in your preferred genre before naming.
- Understand the theme: What themes does the novel explore? Underlying themes can be transformed into thematic phrases. Theme inspired titles give a nod to the audience of what the story is about. (ex. Pride and Prejudice)
- Look through bookshelf: Check out your bookshelf, or the shelves at a library or bookstore. As a reader, what kind of titles catch your attention? Novels from other writers may inspire a title for your own piece.
When coming up with a book title, focus on the core elements of the story. A character, a setting or even a memorable line can become a read worthy title.
What is the title of your WIP/Novel and how did you choose it? What are some of your favorite book titles? Lemme know in the comments.
Stay safe and keep writing!
– Lady Jabberwocky