Talking Titles - Say Something
So here is a topic that no one ever really writes or speaks about. Your title. You should, because that can make or break your story or article. I am going to share for those out here in Writer Land, how I go about the process.
Now I mainly write fiction, other than these blog posts, so for me it all depends on the story. I really enjoyed my fan fiction. The reason being I was able to title each chapter and could have fun with it.
As an example, in one story I had a chapter called "Miko's Creation & Makeover Madness." In another story I had a chapter titled, "Clothes, Makeup, & Heels Oh My!". It was enjoyable because it allowed me to set the tone for each chapter, riff on other things, and just be playful. I had a story that I titled, "Wishing You Were Mine,", which was a big element in the story. My intent was to draw the reader in with these titles as well.
Now with actual original stories, titling each chapter is not such a necessity. The process is somewhat similar. I like for my title to sometimes to tie into the very end of the story. Or, sometimes it may derive from an element within the story that helps set the tone.
As you have all read, I titled, "Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law", just because it was a play on the word possession and a bit lighthearted. That was kind of my intent for the story.
So I hope as you read or write, think about the title, and what message you are sending or receiving. Feel free to share your process if you would like. Pay attention because Friday may see a special short, after all we all need a little romance, right?