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Title issues

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Dec 26, 2017 5:53:07 AM


What I am about to do is open a debate that could be so controversial that it will rock the literary world. There are passionate views on both sides of the issue, but I feel it is something that must be discussed. The conversation can help those novice writers struggling to know where to start.

Here we go.

I begin with a question. When do you come up with the title for your book?

I can tell you from my own experience that when I do "find" the title of a book, I write with a kind of unbridled creativity. The words come oh so much easier. Sometimes I find the title before I write the first word, and other times I find it after toying around with the characters and plot on the page. I can write aimlessly for 40 plus pages before the title comes to me, and when it does, it hits me like a bolt of lightning. I feel energized, and I can't wait to sit down in front of my laptop every day and carry out the theme indicted by the title. Sometimes that theme is subtle and sometimes it's implicit. It may not be obvious to anyone else, but I know the underlying meaning.

So, I open this controversial question here. When do you come up with the title for your book? Before your start writing? After you start writing? Or, heaven forbid, after you've finished your manuscript? There are no wrong answers. Everyone has their own process. What's yours? 

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1,183 Views Tags: publishing, title, genre, author_advice, book_advice

Dec 26, 2017 5:38 PM Scrumdidilyumptious    says:

I write non-fiction and have a general idea of what title I will use, but ALWAYS change my mine when I finish the book.I have never used the tiltle I have in mind at the beginning of a book in the finished product. It might be a little unorthodox I admit, but it works for me. I guess I may have tried too hard to write the book to fit the title I have in mind at times, but I'm more comfortable in writing the title to fit the book, especially when writing non-fiction.

Jan 1, 2018 6:40 PM vcreativeart16    says:

I'm the same way I think titles are extremely important they are the core of your story and you really have to think deep until you come up with that perfect title

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