Here’s a question for you. How the hell do you come up with a title for your book? I’m talking about good ones. Awesome ones. The kind that draws attention, conveys what your novel is about. . .says it just right.
Quite frankly, I think I suck at it.
I’m always struggling to find a title that fits. One I’m satisfied with. . .one that says ‘YOUWHO, over here! Look at me.’. . .with a lot of hand waving and jumping up and down. Yes, it makes me feel like a first grader, but hey, I’m a closet perfectionist looking for perfection. I want something that shouts, you--yes, YOU. . .the reader--better pick this sucker because it's so damned good once you start reading you won’t be able to put the bastard down.
So, I put my thinking cap on. Here’s what I came up with. . .
1. KISS: a.k.a kept it simple stupid. Direct and to the point.
2. Use action words. . .something with power and thrust.
3. Keep it short and snappy (put those action words to good use).
4. Dig deep to find the theme of your book and get that in there.
5. Flow is important - make sure all those actions words come together smooth. . .and sound good on the tongue.
But, hey, even with the above list I’m still not convinced.
So, all right, gang. . .I’m all ears. How the hell do you do it? Is there a secret? A system? A magic potion I can drink that works for you? Dish, people. Cuz, really, I need some major help.