Thursday, April 29, 2010

How to name a novel

I've been writing a new fantasy series, and I'd really like to know what to call it. Creating a title for a book is generally a long process for me. It's tremendously difficult to condense a novel into a single phrase. It is a novel after all, and coming up with a title requires boiling it down to about a quarter of a tweet, if that.

These are the guidelines I used when naming the four novels I've already published:

- The title should convey the overall spirit of the novel.

- The title phrase should have some dramatic quality.

- The title should be short.

- And the most subjective of them all: The title should sound cool.

Selecting a title that fits all or most of my guidelines is not achieved overnight. I keep a running list of title ideas that I add to for weeks. Then I ponder the list and cross off ideas until I finally make a decision. Getting the list started is the hardest part, and that's what I need to do.

I'm already fourteen chapters into writing the third book of my new fantasy series. Everything is untitled, and it's bothering me, so I'm off to start some lists.

To see the lovely titles of my completed fantasy books that the public has been enjoying for a few years, please go to Brave Luck Books (TM).