It’s time to Imagine…
Hey, TWNers!!! So at the beginning of each post from now until when Imagine’s released, I’m going to try to give updates on how the anthology is coming along and some fun sneak peeks! That way you guys can stay in the know about what’s happening and I can have some accountability. 🤣 If you missed the announcement about release date and cover reveal date, they are: Release date for TWN’s Imagine Anthology is September 21, 2021. (Guys THAT IS A MONTH AND ONE DAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited and kinda nervous, but mostly excited!) Cover reveal is THIS TUESDAY; August 24, 2021! We hope to see you all then to help celebrate this new release. (And I hear there’s gonna be a pretty awesome giveaway… *cough* just sayin’. XD). So today I’m going to share a little bit about three of the stories featured in this anthology. (If you wanna skip all of this, just scroll until you find the pink breaker. 😉 )
I’m not gonna say too much about the stories (I do enjoy keeping y’all in suspense XD) but I will share an awesome graphic with a quote for three of our stories: “A Dragon’s Choice” by Chloe B. Christensen, “Cursed” by Grace A. Johnson, and “Shape-Shifter’s Code” by Allie Jo Andersen. (I’m hoping to be able to spotlight all of our stories and poems.)
And that’s all I have for Imagine now. Be on the lookout at the beginning of our posts for more information about our other fantabulous stories!!!!
*To start off today’s post, I wanna give a HUGE shout-out to the amazing, sweet, fun, amazing, very-talented-author, fellow TFP fan, did I mention amazing, fantastic blogger, amazing, CHLOEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She recommended this post a while back (cuz you know how long it takes me to get to recommended posts…)!!! SO THANK YOU SO MUCH CHLOE!!!!!! And you guys can check out her AMAZING blog, Confessions of a Reading Geek (which is a pretty awesome title if you ask me…) where she posts just about everything and anything right here!!! Chloe is really one of the sweetest girls I know, never failing to make me smile so hard, and I KNOW you guys will love her and her site as much as I do!!!!!!! 🙂 And if anyone else has any posts they’d like to recommend, please drop me a note in the comments below. I’m not always able to do every one, but I do try my hardest to!!!*
So I’m sure we’ve all at one point or another come to the part where we have to name a novel, a short story, poem, (hey, even website too!), and sometimes that’s just really hard. You may even right now be sitting over there with an amazing novel whose current title is: The Story That Needs A Name Really, Really, REALLY Badly, but I’ve Got Nothing, So for Now It Will Remain Untitled. Let me just say, I feel ya. And you’re not the only author to come to this point. But hopefully, these next few tips will help you change your title from “The Story That Needs a Name” to something REALLY awesome!!!!!
Tip #1. Study Book Titles in the Same Genre As Your Book
Have you ever noticed how often the title of a romance novel for instance wouldn’t normally fit, say a high fantasy novel? The genre, themes, and mood of your story can and should have an impact on what you call your book. Because the title of the book in a way, promises the reader what the story’s going to be about. So knowing titles of books similar to yours can help give you ideas AND it can show you what’s already been done because you want to make sure that while it still fits your genre, it is unique and different!
Tip #2. You Can Use a Book Title Generator to Help You Get Ideas
I actually just recently discovered this and it’s really fun just to see what you come up with. While a lot of the titles you’ll get won’t be the most amazing ones ever, these are good for if you need a “working title” for the time being or are just in search of some serious inspiration. Here’s a couple of title generators I’ve used: Book Title Creator, and StoryToolz’s Half Title Generator. They’re really fun just to see what you get!
Tip #3. Make a List of Possible Title Ideas and Send Them to a Friend
Most of the time that awesome title idea doesn’t come on the first try… or the hundred and eighty-seventh. XD So don’t just stick with the first thing that comes to mind. Keep brainstorming ideas, and it’s always best to have a second pair of eyes to look over something ESPECIALLY when you’re having a hard time. You can see which possible title ideas intrigue your friend or just make him/her more excited over the story!!!
Tip #4. There Are Many Things In the Story Itself that You Can Use for Your Title or Help As Inspiration for Your Title
My main source for inspiration for my title ideas often comes from the story itself. Maybe you have a really awesome name you want to spotlight in the title (think Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale–based on the school’s name and an important item to the storyline; The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen–based off the name of a disease in the story; Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter–Winterborne Home is the name of an important house in the book… or at least that’s what I know from the back cover as I haven’t actually read the book yet XD; Fawkes by Nadine Brandes–based off… obviously Guy and Thomas Fawkes XD… and you guys get the idea). Or maybe there’s a certain phrase you say a lot in your book (or even once!) that you can use for the title. That’s where I got my idea for Into the Lamp‘s title. I would often say that phrase and I thought that would be a great idea for the story’s title! Or finally, maybe there is just a certain item/element/theme that you can use for inspiration for the title. Like Heir to His Crown‘s title came because the story was centered around Keenum (the heir) reclaiming his father’s throne that was stolen years ago (or the “his crown” part in my title).
Now you might be thinking: Does it really matter what I call my book? I mean, isn’t what’s in the story more important? While, yes, that is true. The story in and of itself is VERY important but what’s going to be one of the first things a reader hears about your story? The title! And that can often make or break a reader deciding whether or not to read your book. If you don’t believe me, believe these classic novels whose first titles were very much different from their published ones:
Pride and Prejudice was first called First Impressions
War and Peace was first called All’s Well That Ends Well
The Great Gatsby was first called The High-Bouncing Lover
Gone with the Wind was first called Tomorrow Is Another Day
The Fellowship of the Ring was first called The Return of the Shadow
To Kill a Mockingbird was first called Atticus
The Secret Garden was first called Mistress Mary
What Lay Beyond the Woods (by yours truly) was first called The Chronicles of Mawdelyn Rolfe and Luther Foreman (back when the plot was VERY different…)
I’m sure a lot of us are glad some of these titles got changed to what they are today!!! I mean can anyone imagine The Secret Garden being called Mistress Mary???? Definitely not me. 🤣
Well, that’s all for today’s post. Let me know in the comments Do you have a title for your WIP or are you having a hard time finding one? Do you find it easy or hard to name titles? Who’s really glad The Fellowship of the Ring’s name was changed from its first title? Any tips you’ve found that help you name titles (please do share!)?
I hope you enjoyed this post, Chloe!! THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH for suggesting it!!!!!! 🙂
Keep on being awesome and never stop writing!