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Sometimes, writing an entire book—or poem, or short story, or personal essay—can seem much easier than coming up with a great title! And if selecting the absolute best title to accurately reflect your work isn’t daunting enough, the enormous pressure to make sure it’s unique enough to grab attention can quickly throw a cold bucket of water on your creative fire.
Put down that red pen and pick up those tossed-aside, crumpled papers—Writer’s Relief is here to help! Our first “Ask Writer’s Relief” column has the answers and inspiration you need.
Ask Writer’s Relief: “How Do I Come Up With A Great Title For My Book, Poem, Story, Or Essay?”
Here are some informative articles: Some were written by Writer’s Relief staff members and others were culled from great sources around the Internet to help you choose the perfect title for your writing!
How To Come Up With The Right Title For Your Poem (With Examples) | Writer’s Relief. Titles are especially important when it comes to poems—after all, poems use condensed language, so every single word choice you make carries exceptional weight. But don’t sweat it! Just check out the examples of great poem titles we’ve gathered for you.
How To Come Up With A Great Title For Your Book Or Story | Writer’s Relief. If you’ve written a great book or story, you need a title that is going to evoke the mood and central conflict of your plot/themes/concerns. You have to pack a punch into just a few words. This article will connect you to great story title ideas by dissecting some of the most interesting and memorable titles of all time.
Properly Format Your Titles: Underlines, Italics, and Quotes | Writer’s Relief. The titles of your creative writing pieces might need to change format depending on where you’re sharing them (in e-mail, on a website, on Facebook or Goodreads, etc.). This article will clarify how you should be formatting your titles.
Writers: “Frankenstein” Your Next Title! | Writer’s Relief. This book title generator is for kicks and giggles. Use our silly system to create a title that is guaranteed to get some laughs.
Coming Up With The Perfect Title For Your Novel. This great article from a group of freelance book editors includes a fun list of “working” book titles that never hit the shelves. For example: Of Mice and Men might have been published as Something That Happened!
Article Title Generator. Though more for journalists than creative writers, this article title generator prompts you to plug in a keyword; then it calculates a ton of article and blog post ideas for you!
Book Title Generator. Choose your keywords and genre, and then click through to see title recommendations from this book title generator. Though it may not give you a title you’ll actually use, it could get the gears turning in your mind and lead you to an incredible book, story, or poem title.
Remember, Titles Aren’t Always Forever
As submission experts who have been helping writers get published since 1994, we want to put your mind at ease about finding the perfect title. Literary agents and editors know that sometimes writers don’t get their titles exactly right during the submission process. So if you’ve finished a book, story, or poem, and it’s ready to be submitted except for that pesky title, don’t hold off. Just indicate that your title is a “working title” in your cover or query letter if you’re feeling unsure. But also take heart in knowing that your future literary agent or editor just might be willing to help you come up with a spot-on title.
Question: Which of your own titles is your favorite? Share it in our comments section.