Wednesday, 21 September 2011
v What is the first thing a reader sees when they pick your work to read?
The title or name of your story. So it is worthwhile putting some thought into it when your work is complete.
v It is helpful that the title you chose is a catchy one that maybe gives a hint of what the story is about.
v Sometimes the title for a short story is a phrase that has been used in the body of the work. It could be the opening words of the first line or indeed the last words of the story.
v Try not to use a twist on old clichés or names of films or songs.
v Try to be original with your choice.
v Take a blank page and write out the ideas that come to mind. List the names and when finished, pick the one that represents your story best.
v If you have a favourite author, look at the titles they use for their stories, in what way do the titles and their stories connect?
v It is not an easy task but worth taking the time to get it right.