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Old 07-02-2012, 02:04 AM
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Working on titles for a few short stories, and I'm not happy with what I have. Looking for some inspiration. Any ideas for what makes a good title?

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Something catchy that encompasses the gist of the story. Anything cool/unusual/interesting stated in the stories that might lend themselves naturally to title material?
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Try to make some revisions with it. Maybe by the time you have made some modifications it would look good. Another thing is that, some title or maybe most do attract the readers, its eye catchy- interesting and unique form the others. You could also make some weird titles that the readers would be able to think and be curious with your story. Originality matters.
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"Make it exciting" or "something that grabs you" are easy things to say, but how do you do that? I don't believe anyone can give you specific step by step rules to follow.

I, for one, couldn't begin to tell you how to create a good title, but I know one when I see it. I make a list of possible titles. I list any title that comes to mind regardless of how silly. Then I go back and pick the most attractive.

Best title ever "Tears of the Sun". Worst movie ever "Tears of the Sun". Still, every time I hear the title, I want to watch the movie again.
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instinct just follow your noise as they say!!
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I like to use titles which mean nothing on their own, but make the reader want to know why that title was used. Also, titles which seem odd or strange are far better than cliched titles. Titles which give nothing away are always more enticing for me.

For example if you had a story about a day at the zoo, you could call it "A Day At The Zoo". But it would be better if you called it something like, "Claws", or "Lion Shit".
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Best title ever "Tears of the Sun". Worst movie ever "Tears of the Sun". Still, every time I hear the title, I want to watch the movie again.
That title sucks!

Best title ever - the nominations are:

"IT" (Stephen King)
"The Bad Place" (Dean Koontz)
"From The Corner Of His Eye" (Dean Koontz)
"Slaughterhouse Five" (Kurt Vonnegut)
"A Scanner Darkly" (no idea, but I love the title)

But the winner is...
"Star Wars" (think about it - has a great ring to it and conjures great imagery with just those 2 words!)
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Short stories often have pretty simple titles that come from an object, character, setting, or specific moment of the story. Some examples:

The Lottery Ticket
After the Ball
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Harrison Bergeron
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Library of Babel

It doesn't have to be anything too wild. Just identify the center of your story, in five words or fewer (maybe a couple more if you really, really need them). There's your title.
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I think short titles make good titles. I am working on a story now that it simply titled "Beautiful Monster". Titles have to catch the eye. so you want to see action words, or words that attract attention.
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I like the titles that are a bit of a story in themselves. "The lion, witch and the wardrobe" comes to mind.
My own ones are a reflection of content but more of a metaphor.
"Pixies vs The Night"
"Bring on The Night"
"Death to The Pixies"
"One Last Night"
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A title has two main purposes grab the attention of potential readers and serve as a point of reference. A good title is catchy, has an air or mystery and is in line with the book's content.
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One method is a combination of words that makes a person wonder why they are together- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; The Hunger Games; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; The Da Vinci Code; Seven Deadly Wonders.

Another option is using a single word- Divergent; Legend; Changeling; Frankenstein; Dracula.

Or having a series main title and using sub-titles for each book. This can be used with either of the first two methods- Chronicles of Narnia; Harry Potter;
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