Titles... What is in the Title?
The title to your article or book will let the reader know right away whether or not it is worth their time and effort to read on. Your title must capture the essence of what it is you want the reader to know so it is important to spend time developing your title.
List several title suggestions at the onset of writing your piece. As you write and develop the article or story, you title idea may change and that's fine too. Make certain that the title always portrays the exact idea or emotion you want the reader to feel. The title must relate someway to the story line, even if it is the twist at the end.
When you have the perfect title check to see if it does any of the following:
3. Hits an emotional response
4. Clearly depicts a topic ( for nonfiction )
5. Introduces the reader to a character ( specific name the reader can relate to- " Sarah, Plain and Tall)
6. Captures for the reader what you as the author want the reader to see. ( Hook )
If your title does any of the above ideas for you, it will most likely reach the reader in the same way. It is important to give your title the same effort and skill you have given your story or article. But keep in mind and don't be disappointed when an editor still may want to make a change. Editors are experienced in making the most of a title so be open to their suggestions. It will lead to your success.
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