Finding the Perfect Title

A new story idea comes along and the typing goes along at a rapid rate. Then it becomes necessary to save the document and of course the computer wants a title. This can be easy or this can be next to impossible. You may know where the story is going and thus have a title. The title may have come with the idea. Or you can stare at the save menu for half an hour before giving up and naming the document after the main character just so that you can move on to other things.

This is similar to getting stuck in the writing process in that sometimes it comes and sometimes it doesn’t. If it doesn’t then sometimes you have to finish the story before you understand enough of what it is about to find the title. Other times you have to sit down and make a list of possible titles. The list is every title that comes to mind when thinking about the story. Then find someone that you trust to help you. It works best if the person has read the story. Go through the list with them and see if you can pick one title that is better than the rest. If there is no title among the list, it is time to brainstorm with the person. The list can make a good starting point for that. Hopefully from there a title shows up.


About heathersdomain

I'm B. Heather Mantler. I have been a writer for most of my life, with my primary focus being novels. In 2010 I learned how to finish a book through NaNoWriMo and have since used NaNoWriMo sessions (November and Camp) to write my fantasy series The Kings of Proster. I also have other novels out; Committed to Her Enemy, Chenarcor, Princess or Pirate, and A Thief In Search of a Baby. I've always got another book on the go. You can find me on Twitter under B. Heather Mantler. Also if you have any suggestions, or things you want to me to write about, send me an e-mail at To help me out financially:

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