Mon, Oct 17, 2011
If you are wondering how to write a book title for the masterpiece you’ve been working on, the following tips will give you some idea of how to go about this sometimes very daunting task.
I’ve always enjoyed finding the perfect title for my books, and there are a few ways to go about it. Although the process might vary based on the genre of you book, the first thing to know as you explore your options on how to write a book title, is that there is really no “correct” way to determine the title. Getting to the end result of a great title for your book is the only thing that matters here.
How to Write a Book Title – The News
The title of the first book that I wrote came from a news reporter, who, when describing a battlefield, referred to it as “Intimate Murder”. Now my book was not about war, or anything close to it, but the words struck me as being the essence of what I was trying to convey in my book. This goes to show that writers should stay alert to news headlines and trends in the news -particularly those writing nonfiction books where the information contained in the book might be timely and related to current events.
The broader meaning of finding my title via a news reporter’s comments is that sometimes a few words spoken or written somewhere will hit home with you and what your book is about. It could be a mere verbal sentiment that succinctly describes the contents of your book, or a direct headline sort of description, such as “Dating in the U.S.”
How to Write a Book Title – Brainstorming
Another great option for you to consider as you ponder how to write a book title is to employ brainstorming techniques. To do this, I start with a clean sheet of unlined paper, on which I write the first word that comes to mind when thinking about my book. I circle the word, and then draw a short line from that circle, at the end of which I draw another circle. Here I either write another word that quickly comes to mind describing my book, or I write a word that further describes the first word.
Write quickly so that you have sort of a free association going, and you need not limit yourself to the circles, you can write anywhere on the paper as thoughts begin to come to you. When you’ve exhausted all of your word associations, begin to connect the most significant words into a book title.
How to Write a Book Title – Key Paragraphs or Synopsis
You may have begun writing your book by jotting down a short summary or concept (see “Tips on Writing a Book”), and in your book you may have a key paragraph that sums up the book’s message or story. This is a good place to look for a book title. For example, in my novel “Peripheral View”, my summary, in part, reads – “As relationships form and strengthen, she uses wit and wisdom to help others look beyond a peripheral view.” Hooray, a title was born! Check your book’s summary or key paragraph to see if it contains the title of your book.
With these tips, I hope you can quit wondering about how to write a book title and have fun exploring your options!