This advice is applicable in everything you do. Every great writer, actor, scientist, PERSON in general started out as nothing more than we are now: Students with a passion, a drive, a want to be something more. If they can do it, why can’t we?
backtosspace asked: Hi, I am actually having trouble finding an accurate title for my novel. I am an aspiring writer, a beginner. I am about to submit a post on Wattpad but then I scan;t just post a story without an accurate title. I really need your help, if you could give me some tips how to choose or find a story title. Thank you..The first place I usually look for a title is my main character/s—is there something about her, him, or them that would make a great title?
Examples: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a reference to some of the main characters.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a reference to the protagonist.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is a reference to the object of the protagonist’s affection.
The next place I’ll usually look for a title is in the setting—is there something special about the setting, or something about the setting that ties into the story in an important way?
Examples: The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller is a reference to the part of the setting that drew the protagonist’s love interest to visit her town.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes is a reference to the place where her life’s biggest adventure unfolds.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen is a reference to the manor house in which the majority of the story takes place.You can also look to an event that happens in the story—this can refer to the inciting incident, the climax, or even the ending, as well as any other significant event.
Examples: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin is a reference to the fight for the throne that is central to the story.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a reference to the battle-to-the-death that the protagonist must survive.
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien is a reference to the main character who is crowned king at the end of the story.
You can also go with something a bit more nebulous while still referential. Something that will pique the reader’s curiosity, yet maybe leave them guessing as to the exact meaning of the title.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is a reference to the relationships that form around the tragedy the story centers around.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a reference to a Shakespeare quote used in the novel, which has great significance to the story.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a reference to the protagonist’s personality and the things that happen to him as a result.
Sometimes you can find a word or phrase that has meaning in some way, even if it isn’t expressly stated.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is a reference to the role of temperature in an important element in the story.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a reference to something special about one of the story’s characters.
The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O’Brian is a reference to both a quote from Homer’s The Odyssey as well as referencing the effect of an optical illusion caused by a natural event that takes place in the story.
So, you see, there are numerous places within your story that you can look for a possible title. What you might do is go through the above and write down two or three possibilities for each, and then just find one that you like the best.
Here are some great articles with some other ideas:
Seven Tips to Land the Perfect Title for Your Novel
- Writing helps you reflect on your life and changes you’re making. This is incredibly valuable, as often we do things without realizing why, or what effects these things are having on us.
- Writing clarifies your thinking. Thoughts and feelings are nebulous happenings in our mind holes, but writing forces us to crystalize those thoughts and put them in a logical order.
- Writing regularly makes you better at writing. And writing is a powerful skill to be good at in our digital age.
- Writing for an audience (even if the audience is just one person) helps you to think from the perspective of the audience. That’s when the magic starts, because once you get into the reader’s mindset, you begin to understand readers and customers and colleagues and friends better. You have empathy and a wider understanding of the world.
- Writing persuasively — to convince others of your point of view — helps you to get better at persuading people to change their minds. Many people don’t want to change their minds when they feel someone is attacking their position, so they get defensive and dig into their position.
- Writing daily forces you to come up with new ideas regularly, and so that forces you to solve the very important problem of where to get ideas. What’s the answer to that problem? Ideas are everywhere! In the people you talk to, in your life experiments, in things you read online, in new ventures and magazines and films and music and novels. But when you write regularly, your eyes are open to these ideas.
- Writing regularly online helps you to build an audience who is interested in what you have to share, and how you can help them. This is good for any business, anyone who is building a career, anyone who loves to socialize with others who are interested in similar things as them.
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The Coalition of Queens
Jaimie Alexander as Snow White, Queen of the North
Sophia Myles as Cinderella, The People’s Queen
Annabelle Wallis as Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty
Sophie Turner as Ariel, Princess of Atlantica
Sarah Bolger as Belle, Queen of the South
Indira Varma as Jasmine, Sultana of Agrabah
Q’orianka Kilcher as Pocahontas, Chiefess of Powhatan
Zhang Ziyi as Hua Mulan, Defender of China
Estella Daniels as Tiana, The Frog Princess
Tamsin Egerton as Rapunzel, Princess of Corona
Lily Cole as Merida, Queen of Dun Broch
Emily Rose as Emma Swan, The Lost Princess
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LOL, thank you so much! I don’t really have any secrets. Just layers, layers, layers. I play around a lot with selective colors, curves, and sometimes color balance. Lots of layer masks as well. I guess the best way for me to tell you is to show you. I never got a reply back from the anon who asked for PSDs, so I will just share a few and hope anon is ok with my choices.